PORTLAND, Ore. >> Even when Kobe Bryant scored nearly anytime he wanted, the Lakers usually left here without a win to accompany their purchased Nike shoes from the city’s headquarters.The Lakers continued to struggle here, their 108-96 loss to Portland on Saturday at Moda Center marking both a five-game losing streak and their seventh consecutive defeat to the Trail Blazers. Unlike during his prime years that coincided with a nine-game losing streak here, Bryant could do nothing about it. The Lakers (2-13) went 9-28 at Portland since Bryant’s rookie season 20 years ago. Bryant’s unsuccessful fight with Father Time continued, his 21 points relying more on pump fakes that drew trips to the foul line (6 of 7) than shooting accuracy (7 of 20). He has failed to shoot above 50 percent in any of the 12 games he has played in the 2015-16 season.“The legs aren’t what it used to be,” said Bryant, mindful he is playing his 20th and likely last NBA season. “But I’ll continue to fight through it and continue to find opportunities when they’re there. It’ll get better.” But when?“The timing and rustiness is probably going to be an issue the rest of the season,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He can’t and wouldn’t do it anyway. He can’t practice every day. He can’t go through all that where you get your timing. He’s going to have those up-and-down days where he’s making shots and missing shots.”Bryant may not have one of those up-and-down-days in Sunday’s game against Indiana at Staples Center. Bryant logged 34 minutes, which marks slightly below Scott’s self-imposed limitation not to exceed Bryant’s last season’s 34.5 minutes per game average. But both Scott and Bryant sounded unsure if he will play. That might not be a bad thing. As much as Scott praised the improved ball movement that ensured Bryant a better showing than his 1-of-14 mark on Tuesday against Golden State, the Lakers flourished offensively when it did not involve their star player. Jordan Clarkson posted nearly as many points (19) as Bryant on fewer shot attempts (8 of 14). D’Angelo Russell looked comfortable nailing jumpers off pick-and-rolls, while adding 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Julius Randle showed dependable accuracy with his mid-range jumper (16 points on 8-of-13 shooting). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “All three of those guys played pretty well and made a bunch of mental mistakes,” Scott said. “But one thing I thought was better was the last time we played them was our effort and our focus was better.”But that did not matter. The Lakers could not overcome a heavy dosage of Damian Lillard (29 points on 9-of-19 shooting, seven assists) and C.J. McCollom (28 points on 12-of-20 shooting). The pair had torched the Lakers last week in Los Angeles with a combined 49 points.“We made shots and they were attacking, so we attacked them. We got what we wanted, but it came down on the defensive end,” Russell said. “We need to play better on defense.”If the Lakers’ woes continue Sunday against Indiana, they will have set the franchise’s worst record going into December. The Lakers will then start an eight-game, 13-day trip after playing eight road games in November through 15 days.“This is crazy,” Scott said. “In November and December, it’s seemed like we’re living out of a suitcase.”The Lakers’ season has also become crazy amid Bryant’s struggles. Unlike the warm applause he has often received in recent road games, Bryant faced the same hostility he always endured in Portland. They booed him during starting lineup introductions and every time he touched the ball. All of that noise drowned out the handful of Lakers fans that cheered him here. “I thought that was great,” Bryant said.But rarely did he have an answer to quiet the hostile crowd. Instead, the game became an ongoing exercise in Bryant’s quest to build his rhythm. He logged 11 minutes, 15 seconds in the second quarter in hopes to shed rustiness. Even when he took a hard fall in the second quarter, Bryant stood up and stayed in the game. Yet, Bryant sat for a three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter before checking back in for the final 3:54. But then Bryant reported he “was just stiff.” So unlike what he once did several times in his prime, Bryant could not will the Lakers to victory with theatrical shots.