Just 48 hours after Luke Walton got ejected and the Lakers got T’d up six times, the boys in purple and gold start a 6-game-in-10-days stretch on the road leading up to Christmas day.
With another game at close to full strength, this seemed like a perfect game to snap their 7-game losing streak. The Brooklyn Nets had other plans, as they defeated the Lakers 107-97 on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.
Inside the Box Score
If you just look at the stats, it seems like the Lakers should’ve come out with the win. The Nets were without ex-Laker Jeremy Lin, but it made no difference for Brooklyn.
The Lakers had six different players finish in double figures and the Nets had three starters score 20 or more. Lou Williams once again led Los Angeles in scoring with 16 points on a 5-12 clip, and Timofey Mozgov chipped in 12 points and 13 boards.
Julius Randle struggled offensively again for Luke Walton’s team, with just six points on 2-8 to go with 10 boards. D’Angelo Russell had three fouls early in the first quarter but ended up with 11 points. Nick “Swaggy P” Young was firing early on, and finished with 14 on a 5-15 night from the field, going 3-10 from beyond the arc.
— SKI_2K (@Five_Star_Gamer) December 15, 2016
For the Nets, Trevor Booker had eight points with a career-high 18 boards, as the Nets out-rebounded the Lakers 61-49. Nets center Brook Lopez finished with 20 points and seven boards and Sean Kilpatrick finished with 22 points including 12 in the third quarter. However, the leading scorer in the game was Bojan Bogdanovic, finishing with 23 on a 6-13 clip.
The two teams combined to attempt 62 three pointers, and the Nets went 11-35 from downtown.
The Lakers lead 76-75 at the end of the third quarter, but were outscored 32-21 in the final 12 minutes to take another loss and remain winless in the month of December.
Another Larry Nance Highlight Reel
Yes, the Lakers lost, but Larry Nance Jr. had another monster dunk tonight, this time putting Brook Lopez on a poster.
Looks at the Nets bench 😂https://t.co/0wYfVKJvgn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 15, 2016
The Lakers will try and end this win streak again on Friday in Philadelphia before traveling to Cleveland to take on the defending NBA champions. From tonight until Christmas Eve, the Lakers play Philly, Cleveland, Charlotte, Miami, and Orlando (all on the road) before a Staples Center-Christmas Day match-up against the Clippers.
For the Nets, they will take on Orlando on the road Friday night before going to Philadelphia on Sunday.
Winless in December
The Lakers have yet to win in December, and have lost eight straight after tonight’s defeat to Brooklyn. For the Lakers, defense has and still is the main issue, but things should get better with time. Remember, this team is still generally young, and Luke Walton is a first-year head coach with one of the toughest schedules in the NBA. Don’t panic.