2013-14 LAKERS NEWS AND NOTES
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / W 113-100 / Streak: won 2 / Record 27-55
Apr 16, 2014: The Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 113-100.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / W 119-104 / Streak: won 1 / Record 26-55
Apr 14, 2014: The Lakers defeated the Jazz 119-104 in the game they needed to lose to improve their odds in the 2014 draft lottery. In the battle of the Western Conference two worst teams, Nick Young scored a season-high 41 points while Kendall Marshall had 15 assists.
With one game left in their schedule the Lakers are already fixed in the 6th spot for the draft lottery. Had they lost this game (and the next) they could have finish as low as 4th, which would have meant more chances of getting the first, second and third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / L 90-102 / Streak: lost 7 / Record 25-55
Apr 13, 2014: In their final game at the Staples Center this season the Lakers lost 102-90 to the Grizzlies to seal an horrendous 14-27 home record. They also added one loss to their franchise record-setting total which is currently at 56 with two games left.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / L 95-112 / Streak: lost 6 / Record 25-54
Apr 11, 2014: The Warriors won at the Staples Center 112-95, ending an 11-game losing streak and at the same time securing a playoff spot. Meanwhile the Lakers made history by lossing their 54th game this season, the most ever lost by the franchise including Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Stephen Curry ended with a triple double (30 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) and became the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963-64 to have four triple-doubles in a season.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / L 130-145 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 25-53
Apr 8, 2014: Lakers and Rockets combined for the most points in a non-overtime NBA game since 2009, but sadly for the Lakers they lost again 145-130 and tied the franchise record for most loses at 53.
The only remarkable point for L.A. was that Steve Nash reached 10,335 career assists and with that amazing amount surpassed Mark Jackson to became the league's third all-time assist leader. More than likely Nash will end his career in that position since Jason Kidd (12,091 assists) and John Stockton (15,806) look out of reach.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 97-120 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 25-52
Apr 6, 2014: After a 120-97 defeat at the hands of the Clippers the Lakers are just one loss away from the most lost ever in franchise history, 53 by the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers. The Clippers, who were always the underdog of the city, have won 7 of their last 8 meetings.
Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks / L 95-107 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 25-51
Apr 4, 2014: The Lakers keep on making history in the wrong way and with a 107-95 loss were swept by the Mavericks in their regular season series for the first time since Dallas entered the league in 1980-81.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points to move past Dominique Wilkins for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list and now he needs just 22 more points leave Oscar Robinson behind.
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / L 102-107 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 25-50
Apr 2, 2014: The Lakers lost 107-102 at Sacramento, reaching the 50-loss mark for the fourth time in franchise history and the first one since 1974-75, 39 years ago.
With just 7 games remaining, D'Antoni's team needs to win at least 3 games to avoid owning the second-worst season in franchise history. In the best scenario, winning six (or even seven) would leave them as the fourth-worst ever.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / L 112-124 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 25-49
Apr 1, 2014: Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 65 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 124-112 win at Los Angeles. Nick Young helped the Lakers stay in the game until the third quarter with his season-high 40 points. Steve Nash, who had played just 12 games this 2014 season because of his chronic back issues, was forced to see action when Kendall Marshall, the only other point guard available picked up his second foul 7:48 minutes into the game. Despite spraining his left ankle Nash contributed 10 points and 10 assists in 22 minutes.
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / W 115-99 / Streak: won 1 / Record 25-48
Mar 30, 2014: With 28 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists from Chris Kaman the Lakers defeated the Suns 115-99.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / L 107-143 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 24-48
Mar 28, 2014: The 2013-14 NBA season seems to never end for the Lakers who were embarrassed once again, this time with a 143-107 loss at Minnesota. It was the largest loss in 25 year of playing the Timberwolves. Kevin Love had a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes.
Love's name is always mentioned as a player who could come to L.A. as a free agent after next year. But who would come to a team like this one? Injuries aside, Mike D'Antoni's team is horrendous, does not play defense at all and depends exclusively of having an excellent shooting night, something that doesn't happen very often.
Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks / L 105-108 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 24-47
Mar 27, 2014: Pau Gasol missed his second game because of vertigo and the Lakers couldn't make it three wins in row, losing at Milwaukee 108-105. Jordan Hill tied his career-high with 28 points. He made 13 of 17 shots and added 16 rebounds. The Lakers are currently the sixth worst team in the league and are on the way to their 3rd worst season ever.
Lakers vs. New York Knicks / W 127-96 / Streak: won 2 / Record 24-46
Mar 25, 2014: After a slow start the Lakers got hot and scored 51 points in the third quarter --the most scored in one quarter in franchise history-- to defeat Phil Jackson's new team, the New York Knicks 127-96. L.A. made 18 of 28 three-pointers (64.2%). Xavier Henry led all Lakers scorers with 22 points while Nick Young added 20, including 5 three-point shots.
Lakers vs. Orlando Magic / W 103-94 / Streak: won 1 / Record 23-46
Mar 23, 2014: Jordan Hill scored a career-high 28 points and added 13 rebounds to help the L.A. end a four-game losing streak with a 103-94 win at Orlando. The Lakers need to win 8 of their 13 games to avoid the worst season since moving to Los Angeles.
Steve Nash surprising return didn't last since he wasn't able to play today and with Jordan Farmar out with a groin strain and Steve Blake traded, the Lakers were again with just one point guard available to play (Kendall Marshall).
Lakers vs. Washington Wizards / L 107-117 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 22-46
Mar 21, 2014: Just days after the Lakers said Steve Nash was done for the season, he played his 11th game in 2013-14 but the Wizards won it anyway 117-110. Nash came off the bench for the first time in 14 seasons, ending a streak of 995 consecutive starts. John Wall had 28 points and 14 assists for Washington while Nick Young and Jodie Meeks led L.A. with 21 points each.
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / L 109-125 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 22-45
Mar 19, 2014: With a 125-109 win over the Lakers, the Spurs extended their winning streak to 11 games. This time the Lakers stayed in the game and were just 3 points below a minute and half into the the fourth quarter but they never got closer than that after Manu Ginobili's three pointer. Pau Gasol had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Lakers at San Antonio Spurs / L 85-119 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 22-44
Mar 14, 2014: With a 119-85 loss at San Antonio the Lakers became the first team out of the 2014 Playoffs. Although the elimination is no surprise, it came coupled with a 34-point defeat which is the worst ever against the Spurs. It was so easy for San Antonio --currently the best team in the league-- that Tim Duncan played 15 minutes while Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker played just 14.
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / L 102-131 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 22-43
Mar 13, 2014: Just four days ago the Lakers defeated the Thunder but reality settled in and this time Oklahoma City humiliated L.A. with a 131-102 win at home. Both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 29 points while Serge Ibaka finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / W 114-110 / Streak: won 1 / Record 22-42
Mar 9, 2014: Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points to lead the Lakers to a very unexpected 114-110 win over the Thunder. After trailing by 18 points in the first half, the Lakers took control of the game with a 36-19 third quarter in which Meeks outstcored Oklahoma City by himself by getting 20 of his points.
A couple of minutes into the fourth the Lakers had their own 18-point lead but the Thunder got as close as 3 points with 57 seconds on the game clock. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 126-134 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 21-42
Mar 7, 2014: With a 134-126 victory, the Nuggets completed the sweep of their season series with the Lakers for the first time since entering the NBA in 1976. Pau Gasol had 27 points, Ryan Kelly had 24 points and 11 rebounds but once again the Lakers tried to just outstcore their rivals and forgot about playing defense. They have allowed an average of 136 points over the last three games.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / L 94-142 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 21-41
Mar 6, 2014: You can always be worse and to prove it the Lakers' miserable season became a nightmare with a 142-92 loss at home at the hands of the Clippers. The 48-point loss was not only the worst against the Clippers, it was the worst loss ever in Lakers history.
The Lakers trailed by two after one quarter, but then they were outscored 80-33 in the next two periods. The Clippers had 8 players in double digits including Blake Griffin with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists while the Lakers committed 22 turnovers and made just 8 of 30 three-pointers.
The previous worst loss was by 46 points in a 129-83 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 9, 1995. At home, the Lakers had lost by 39 --129-90 -- against the Celtics on Feb. 9, 1960.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans / L 125-132 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 21-40
Mar 4, 2014: With a 132-125 loss against the Pelicans, the Lakers fell to the bottom of the Conference and are 25 games below the Western leader Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers trailed by 21 points in the third but shooting 3-pointers managed to get within 4 points with 1:46 left in a high-scoring fourth quarter they won 40-37. Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans while Pau Gasol scored 29 points to go with 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers / W 107-106 / Streak: won 2 / Record 21-39
Mar 3, 2014: Wesley Johnson's basket off an inbounds pass by Kent Bazemore with 6.4 seconds left gave L.A. a 107-106 win at Portland. Pau Gasol scored 22 points, Jodie Meeks 21 and Kendall Marshall dished 11 assists.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 126-122 / Streak: won 1 / Record 20-39
Feb 28, 2014: In the battle for who isn't the worst team of the Western Conference, the Lakers made a franchise-record 19 3-pointers to defeat the Kings 126-122. The Lakers made 19-for-27 from 3-point range for an outstanding 70.4 percent while Jordan Jarmar had career-highs of 8 three-pointers and 30 points.
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / L 103-108 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 19-39
Feb 26, 2014: Shooting a lot of 3-pointers, the Lakers almost came back from a 22-point deficit but at the end they lost at Memphis 108-103 and having lost 26 of the last 32 games, are currently on the way to their second worst season ever with a .328 percentage.
Lakers at Indiana Pacers / L 98-118 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 19-38
Feb 25, 2014: With a 34-16 third quarter the Pacers took control of the game and eventually defeated the Lakers 118-98 at Indiana. Seven Pacers scored in double digits including newly arrived Evan Turner who had 13 points. Kent Bazemore scored 23 for L.A.
Lakers vs. Brooklyn Nets / L 102-108 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 19-37
Feb 23, 2014: The Lakers lost against the Brooklyn Nets 102-108.
Lakers vs. Boston Celtics / W 101-92 / Streak: won 1 / Record 19-36
Feb 21, 2014: With a 101-92 victory over Boston, the Lakers ended their worst-ever eight-game home-losing streak. In the return of pau Gasol after missing 7 games with a groin injury and surviving all the trade talks and rumors, the Lakers needed a 38-18 fourth quarter to recover from an 11-point deficit at the beginning of the period.
The new Lakers, who barely played in Golden State contributed big in that span: Kent Bazemore scored 8 of his career-high 15 points and MarShon Brooks scored 10 of his 14.
Lakers vs. Houston Rockets / L 108-134 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 18-36
Feb 19, 2014: Dwight Howard returned to L.A. and it wasn't nice since the Lakers extended their franchise record losing streak to eight with an awful 134-108 loss at the hands of the Rockets. It was also the worst home loss ever to Houston. Howard, who had 20 point and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes, was booed as expected while the Lakers had just 8 players available after trading Steve Blake to the Warriors.
Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder / L 103-107 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 18-35
Feb 13, 2014: Kevin Durant had 43 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and the Lakers could not hold on to their lead, losing to the Thunder 107-103 in their franchise record 7th consecutive loss at home. Kaman scored 19 points on 7-for-13 from the floor, grabbed 10 rebounds and had a chance to tie the score with a three-point play with 22 seconds left but missed his free throw. Kendall Marshall finished with 14 points and 17 assists.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / L 79-96 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 18-34
Feb 11, 2014: Mike D'Antoni doesn't like Chris Kaman, but Kaman is playing anyway because the Lakers don't have enough players and he contributed 25 points and 14 rebounds. But nothing is enough for the Lakers these days and they lost 96-79 against Utah, extending their losing streak at home to 6 games, the longest in 21 years.
Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls / L 86-92 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 18-33
Feb 9, 2014: All the Lakers starters scored less than 10 points and they were outscored 73-24 by the Bulls starting lineup in Chicago's win 92-86. The Bulls led by as many as 19 in the third quarter but the Lakers managed to get within 4 with 49 seconds left. In the absence of injured Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman scored a season-high 27 points and Steve Nash left the game with just another leg injury.
Lakers at Philadelphia 76ers / W 112-98 / Streak: won 2 / Record 18-32
Feb 7, 2014: In the day of his 40th birthday Steve Nash scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Lakers to a 112-98 win at Philadelphia. L.A. opened the third quarter with a 14-5 run that allowed them to get the victory, the second in a row after 7 losses. Nash, now 40, is the oldest player in the league.
Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers / W 119-108 / Streak: won 1 / Record 17-32
Feb 5, 2014: The Lakers ended their season-worst, seven-game losing streak with a 119-108 win at Cleveland. L.A. built a 29-point lead against the free-falling Cavs to get a win despite the fact of -almost- not having 5 players available to play at the end.
The Lakers faced the game with 8 players and the injuries of Young and Farmar (again) and the 6 fouls each committed by Kaman and Sacre left them with just 4 players. Since no team can play with less than 5, Sacre was allowed to stay and any foul committed by him would have added a technical foul.
Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves / L 99-109 / Streak: lost 7 / Record 16-32
Feb 4, 2014: Kevin Martin scored 32 points, Kevin Love added 31 and 17 rebounds and the Timberwolves defeated L.A. 109-99, extended the Lakers' losing streak to 7. Steve Nash and Steve Blake returned after weeks of recovery and both were starters in the backcourt. Nash had 7 points and 9 assists in almost 25 minutes while Blake added 6 assists and went scoreless in 32 minutes.
Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats / L 100-110 / Streak: lost 6 / Record 16-31
Jan 31, 2014: Al Jefferson matched his career high with 40 points and he also grabbed 18 rebounds while the Bobcats defeated the Lakers 110-100 . It was L.A.'s 18th loss in the past 21 games, the 10th in the last 10 at home. Gasol led Los Angeles with 24 points and 9 rebounds.
Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers / L 92-104 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 16-30
Jan 28, 2014: The Pacers were tired and didn't play as good as they are used to but they're still the best team in the NBA these days and were too much for the Lakers who lost 104-92 at home. Despite playing with a sore foot and aggravating his groin injury Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his fifth straight 20-10 game.
Kendall Marshall added 13 assists and is averaging 9.5, second in the NBA, although he still doesn't have enough games played to qualify for the assists leader race.
Lakers at New York Knicks / L 103-110 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 16-29
Jan 26, 2014: One game after scoring a Knick's record 62 points Carmelo Anthony got 35 to lead New York to a 110-103 win over the Lakers . L.A. got within 2 points, 97-99 with 5 minutes left in the fourth but thw Knicks went on an 8-2 run to take control of the remaining minutes. Jodie Meeks made 6-of-8 three-pointers and finished with 24 points.
Lakers at Orlando Magic / L 105-114 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 16-28
Jan 24, 2014: As usual, the Lakers disappeared in the third quarter and lost 114-105 against the Magic, a team that had lost 12 of the previous 13 games. Not that these current Lakers are much better: now they have lost 15 of the last 18. Pau Gasol had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and has averaged 21.9 points and 12 rebounds in the past 7 games.
Lakers at Miami Heat / L 102-109 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 16-27
Jan 23, 2014: The Lakers lost against the Miami Heat 102-109.
Lakers at Chicago Bulls / L 100-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 16-26
Jan 20, 2014: Nick Young had a season-high 31 points for the Lakers but Taj Gibson made a layup at the buzzer to give the Bulls a 102-100 overtime victory. Pau Gasol, who had 20 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, also had a couple of turnovers and 3 missed shots in the final three minutes.
Lakers at Toronto Raptors / W 112-106 / Streak: won 2 / Record 16-25
Jan 19, 2014: Behind Nick Young's big game (29 points) the Lakers recovered from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and defeated the Raptors at Toronto 112-106. Gasol had 22 points and 9 rebounds and rookie Ryan Kelly who started for the first time in his career had 17 points. L.A. won back-to-back games after a month that included two streaks of 6 consecutive losses.
Lakers at Boston Celtics / W 107-104 / Streak: won 1 / Record 15-25
Jan 17, 2014: Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds and rookie Ryan Kelly had a career-high 20 points off the bench to help the Lakers snap a 6-game lossing streak with a 107-104 win at Boston. Rajon Rondo played for the first time since since tearing his right ACL a year ago while Kendall Marshall had his fourth consecutive double-double finishing with 19 points and 14 assists for L.A.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 114-121 / Streak: lost 6 / Record 14-25
Jan 15, 2014: Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter, leaving his team with just eight available players in the 121-114 loss at Phoenix. Young reacted after being fouled hard by Alex Len while attempting a fastbreak layup, he was surrunded by all of Len's teammated and hit Goran Dragic on the head with an open hand.
The Lakers have lost 12 of the last 13 games and are 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.
Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers / L 118-120 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 14-24
Jan 14, 2014: With a roster reduced to 9 players healthy enough play the Lakers fought until the end in a 120-118 loss at the hands of the Cavaliers and D'Antoni's predecessor coach Mike Brown. Nick Young had 28 points coming from the bench and Jodie Meeks added 26. Pau Gasol, who played despite a strained ligament in his left big toe, finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kendall Marshall added 16 assists and is averaging a surprising 8.2 per game.
Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers / L 87-123 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 14-23
Jan 10, 2014: The Lakers lost by 36 points, 123-87, their worst loss against the Clippers in history. The Lakers keep waiting for Bryant, Nash, Blake, Farmar and Herny to return from their injuries while the Clippers played without Chris Paul but managed to score 43 points in the first quarter and outscore the Lakers 31-8 in the third. Blake Griffin had 33 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / L 99-113 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 14-22
Jan 8, 2014: James Harden had 38 points in the Rockets victory 113-99 over the Lakers. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games. Pau Gasol had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Young led the team with 25 points off the bench while former Laker Dwight Howard also had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / L 97-110 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 14-21
Jan 7, 2014: The Lakers committed 19 turnovers and lost at Dallas 110-97. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points for the Mavs while Monta Ellis added 16 points and 9 assists.
Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets / L 115-137 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 14-20
Jan 5, 2014: The Lakers lost 137-115 against the Nuggets. It was the first non-overtime game since 1993 in which L.A. allows 137 or more points and the first one at home since 1984. That's how bad things are for the Lakers these days. Pau Gasol once again involved in trade rumors had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots. Kendall Marshall had a career high 17 assists.
Lakers vs. Utah Jazz / W 110-99 / Streak: won 1 / Record 14-19
Jan 3, 2014: Led by Pau Gasol's 23 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks and the unexpected career highs of 20 points, 15 assists and 6 rebounds by Kendall Marshall the Lakers ended a 6-game losing streak with a 110-99 victory against the Jazz.
Marshall, who just 3 weeks ago was playing in the D-League started for the first time and played 40 minutes, having virtually no healthy teammate to replace him at the point guard.
Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks / L 79-94 / Streak: lost 6 / Record 13-19
Dec 31, 2013: Brandon Knight had a career high of 37 points for the Bucks who defeated the Lakers 94-79. It was L.A.'s 6th consecutive loss and in the process they lost a point guard, again. Jordan Farmar, who missed 10 games earlier in December with a strained hamstring, left the game for good late in the first half. Kendall Marshall, now the only point guard available had 10 points and 7 assists in 27 minutes.
Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers / L 104-111 / Streak: lost 5 / Record 13-18
Dec 29, 2013: The Lakers lost against the Philadelphia 76ers 104-111.
Lakers at Utah Jazz / L 103-105 / Streak: lost 4 / Record 13-17
Dec 27, 2013: The Lakers lost against the Utah Jazz 103-105.
Lakers vs. Miami Heat / L 95-101 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 13-16
Dec 25, 2013: With 23 points each by Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and 19 by LeBron James, the Heat defeated the Lakers 101-95. Before the season started this was supposed to be one of the best match-ups available but at this point of the year nobody believed the depleted Lakers could win this game. Despite that L.A. got as close as 4 points with 1:25 on the clock.
Jordan Farmar returned after missing 10 games. He looked out of rhythm and finished with 3 points and 2 assists but at least the Lakers now have one true point guard to handle the ball.
Lakers at Phoenix Suns / L 90-117 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 13-15
Dec 23, 2013: The only good news after the 117-90 loss at Phoenix is that it could be the last game without a point guard since Jordan Farmar is expected to play against Miami. Almost like a symbol of the Lakers season, Pau Gasol returned after missing one game with an upper-respiratory infection but he got head-butted in the third quarter and left the game with a cut near his right eye.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / L 83-102 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 13-14
Dec 21, 2013: Playing without their top 4 options at point guard -- Nash, Blake, Farmar and Bryant -- the Lakers committed all kinds of turnovers to tie their season high of 24 in the Warriors 102-83 victory. They also couldn't play Pau Gasol and although they stayed in the game during the first half, then shot 3-for-21 in the third quarter. Nick Young led all scorers with 20 points while Andrew Bogut grabbed 20 rebounds for the Warriors.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / W 104-91 / Streak: won 2 / Record 13-13
Dec 20, 2013: Once again playing without Kobe Bryant who broke a bone in his knee, the Lakers managed to get a 104-91 win over the Timberwolves. Pau Gasol had 21 points, 13 rebounds (6 on the offensive side) and 8 assists while Xavier Henry added 21 points and Nick Young another 25 coming from the bench
Lakers at Memphis Grizzlies / W 96-92 / Streak: won 1 / Record 12-13
Dec 17, 2013: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol had 21 points each in the Lakers 96-92 victory over the Grizzlies. With Memphis getting closer at the end Pau scored seven of the team's final 12 points and Bryant made a 28-foot 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 6-point lead with 2:39 to go.
Lakers at Atlanta Hawks / L 100-114 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 11-13
Dec 16, 2013: The Lakers looked in control of the game but the Hawks outscored them 35-19 in the third quarter on their way to a 114-100 win. Kobe scored 6 points in the first quarter but finished with just 8 points and 6 assists. Nick Young was the Lakers top scorer with 23 points, including 5-for-7 from beyond the 3-point line but his teammates combined for a miserable 0-for-14 in that category in a system that is worth nothing if you don't make your three-pointers.
Lakers at Charlotte Bobcats / W 88-85 / Streak: won 1 / Record 11-12
Dec 14, 2013: Kobe Bryant had a season-high 21 points in the Lakers first victory since he came back from his torn Achilles tendon. It was an 88-85 win at Charlotte where Kobe also once again played as the team's point guard and added 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 turnovers to his stats. Pau Gasol added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, one of them with 1:03 left and the Lakers down 84-85.
Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder / L 97-122 / Streak: lost 3 / Record 10-12
Dec 13, 2013: Without a healthy point guard on the roster the Lakers can't even compete with the Oklahoma City Thunder who dominated the game, led by as many as 30 and won 122-97. Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake are all injured which forced Kobe Bryant to assume the point guard role in his third game back from a long rehab from his own injury. He ended with 13 assists, 2 shy of his career high but he also committed 7 turnovers and got 4 points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the Thunder while Russell Westbrook added 19 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds
Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns / L 108-114 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 10-11
Dec 10, 2013: It continues to be a hard season for the Lakers and the return of Kobe Bryant from a torn Achilles tendon hasn't changed much so far. In his second game Kobe led the team with 20 points but the Suns won 114-108 with 31 points by Goran Dragic. Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar and Chris Kaman continue to be unable to play due to injuries and this season is starting to look a lot like 2012-13.
Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors / L 94-106 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 10-10
Dec 8, 2013: Almost eight months after suffering a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant returned. As expected, he looked a little rusty and finished with 9 points on 2-for-9 shooting, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 turnovers in 28 minutes in the Lakers 106-94 loss against Toronto.
Lakers at Sacramento Kings / W 106-100 / Streak: won 1 / Record 10-9
Dec 6, 2013: Kobe Bryant didn't return yet --he will on Sunday against the Raptors-- but with 19 points each by Meeks and Gasol the Lakers won 106-100 at Sacramento to improve to one game over .500 on the season.
Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers / L 108-114 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 9-9
Dec 1, 2013: The Lakers ended the third quarter down by 20, recovered and fought until the end but Portland got away with a 114-108 win to climb to the top of the Western Conference. Xavier Herny scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth helping L.A. get as close as 1 point with 3:40 left.
Lakers at Detroit Pistons / W 106-102 / Streak: won 2 / Record 9-8
Nov 29, 2013: Wesley Johnson scored 27 points in the Lakers 106-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons. L.A. erased an 8-point deficit in the final 4:02 and secured the victory when guard Nick Young took a charge against Josh Smith with 2.7 seconds left.
Lakers at Brooklyn Nets / W 99-94 / Streak: won 1 / Record 8-8
Nov 27, 2013: The Lakers blew a 27-point lead but escaped with a 99-94 win at Brooklyn. The Nets never led but tied the score with almost 4 minutes left in the game and had two chances to tie it again in the final seconds but Garnett and Pierce missed their shots. Nick Young had 26 points coming from the bench and he and Farmar combined to make 9 of 13 three-pointers.
Lakers at Washington Wizards / L 111-116 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 7-8
Nov 26, 2013: John Wall's 31 points and Nene's 30 led the Wizards to a 116-111 win over the Lakers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell again under .500. Jordan Farmar had 22 points and 8 assists for L.A. while Gasol added 17 and 8.
Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings / W 100-86 / Streak: won 3 / Record 7-7
Nov 24, 2013: Xavier Henry is one of the reasons why the Lakers despite their 7-7 record have the league's highest-scoring group of reserves. He scored 21 points in the 100-86 victory over the Kings. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds while Steve Blake, currently the starting point guard had 12 assists.
Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors / W 102-95 / Streak: won 2 / Record 6-7
Nov 22, 2013: The Lakers defeated the Warriors 102-95 winning this way back-to-back games for the first time this season. While Pau Gasol had 24 points and 10 rebounds for L.A., the Warriors played without their top scorer Stephen Curry who missed his second straight game with a concussion.
Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons / W 114-99 / Streak: won 1 / Record 5-7
Nov 17, 2013: Although Kobe Bryant is already practicing with the team, he's not ready to play yet, but Jordan Hill had career highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds, enough to lead the Lakers to a 114-99 win over the Pistons. Steve Blake, currently the starting point guard had 16 assists and Nick Young added 19 points, reaching double digits for the fourth straight game.
Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies / L 86-89 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 4-7
Nov 15, 2013: Zach Randolph scored 14 of his 28 points in the final quarter to give the Grizzlies an 89-86 victory over the Lakers. The 4-7 record is LA's worst start of the season in the first 11 games in the last 10 years.
Lakers at Denver Nuggets / L 99-111 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 4-6
Nov 13, 2013: Twenty five points and 12 rebounds by Pau Gasol and 15 points and 11 assists by Steve Blake weren't enough for the Lakers who lost 111-99 at Denver . It was the team's 6th loss in 10 games so far this season, a situation that leaves them in the 11th spot in the Conference.
Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans / W 116-95 / Streak: won 1 / Record 4-5
Nov 12, 2013: With Steve Nash out for a couple of weeks Steve Blake was moved to the point guard position and Jordan Hill inserted into the starting lineup. And it worked for the Lakers who defeated the Pelicans 116-95. Hill led all scorers with a career-high of 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Blake dished 10 assists. But it was Xavier Henry (15 points) who provided the highlight of the night with an thunderous dunk over the Pelicans' 7-foot center Jeff Withey.
Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves / L 90-113 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 3-5
Nov 10, 2013: The Timberwolves scored a franchise record of 47 points in the first quarter on their way to a 113-90 victory over the Lakers. The result ended a 22-game losing streak against a Los Angeles team that seems to be facing a difficult season without Kobe Bryant and with a Steve Nash that has recurring nerve problems in his back and couldn't finish the game. Steve Blake scored 19 points and 8 assists for L.A. but Minnesota had Ricky Rubio with a triple-double (12, 10 and 14), Kevin Martin with 27 points and Kevin Love with 25.
Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans / L 85-96 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 3-4
Nov 8, 2013: With a big performance by Anthony Davis (32 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks) the Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85, ending an 11-game losing streak to L.A. Chris Kaman led the Lakers with 16 points while Blake and Young each added 13.
Lakers at Houston Rockets / W 99-98 / Streak: won 1 / Record 3-3
Nov 7, 2013: The Lakers first road victory, 99-98 at Houston, couldn't have been sweeter. In a game that looked lost L.A. used the old trick of sending Dwight Howard to the line and the player who decided he didn't wanted to be a Laker missed 5 of 6 free throws in the final 2:30 of regulation, setting the stage for Steve Blake's game winning 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left.
Lakers at Dallas Mavericks / L 104-123 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 2-3
Nov 5, 2013: Led by Monta Ellis' 30 points, seven Dallas players scored in double figures while the Mavericks had an easy 123-104 win over the Lakers at home. Nick Young scored 21 for L.A. but the five starters combined for just 32 points.
Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks / W 105-103 / Streak: won 1 / Record 2-2
Nov 3, 2013: The Lakers let a 17-point third-quarter lead disappear but at the end they got a 105-103 win over the Hawks thanks to Pau Gasol who hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds and then blocked Kyle Korver's attempt to win the game with time expiring.
Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs / L 85-91 / Streak: lost 2 / Record 1-2
Nov 1, 2013: The Lakers and the Spurs faced each other without Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan for the first time since 1996 and after 14 lead changes in the fourth quarter the Spurs left town with a 91-85 victory.
Manu Ginobili and Tony Parkers combined for 44 points. Pau Gasol scored 20 points but the backcourt of Nash and Blake had an awful night and combined for 11 points shooting 3-for-20 from the field.
Lakers at Golden State Warriors / L 94-125 / Streak: lost 1 / Record 1-1
Oct 30, 2013: After an unexpected win against the Clippers the Lakers showed the other side of the coin and were routed by the Warriors 125-94. Playing without Kobe and without Steve Nash who is not going to play in back-to-back games, the Lakers had no chance and couldn't control Klay Thompson, who scored 38 points without playing in the fourth quarter. In the opening period alone he matched the 16 points scored by L.A.
Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers / W 116-103 / Streak: won 1 / Record 1-0
Oct 29, 2013: Kobe Bryant still hasnít recovered from his torn Achillesí tendon and wasn't ready to play in the season opener but the team's reserves outscored the Clippers 41-24 in the fourth quarter of a 116-103 victory.
The Lakers started the 2013-2014 NBA season with Steve Nash, Steve Blake replacing Kobe, Nick Young, Shawne Williams and Pau Gasol as the starting center. Pau finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds but the bench made the difference with a total of 76 points, 22 by Xavier Herny and 16 by Jordan Farmar who in his return to L.A. also dished 6 assists.
Lakers 2014 preseason games:
The Lakers ended their preseason with a 4-4 record, a big improvement over last year's 0-8 that was the beginning of the end for coach Mike Brown
Sat, Oct 5: Lakers 104, Warriors 95
Sun, Oct 6: Nuggets 97, Lakers 88
Tue, Oct 8: Lakers 90, Nuggets 88
Thu, Oct 10: Kings 104, Lakers 86
Tue, Oct 15: Warriors 100, Lakers 95 (in Beijing, China)
Fri, Oct 18: Warriors 115, Lakers 89 (in Shanghai, China)
Tue, Oct 22: Lakers 108, Jazz 94
Fri, Oct 25: Lakers 111, Utah 106
Oct 2: After the departure of Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace and with Kobe Bryant still recovering from his injury, the Lakers starting lineup on October 29 when their season begins will look very different from last season's stellar starting five.
Pau Gasol will play center with Chris Kaman as the starting power forward or as Pau's backup. Nash will start as point guard but knowing D'Antoni's history it's still early to predict the starters. It could look something like this:
Steve Nash - point guard
Jodie Meeks - shooting guard (until Kobe return)
Wesley Johnson (or Nick Young) -
Chris Kaman (or Jordan Hill) -
Pau Gasol - center
Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and and Jordan Hill are expected to play many minutes coming from the bench.
Sep 25: When the Lakers 2013-2014 Regular Season starts on October 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers, you will find in this page all the news, stats, team leaders, standings, highlights and schedule related to Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and all the other Laker players.
In the meantime you can review the changes in the 2013-14 roster and the Lakers performance in the 2012-2013 season and playoffs
The NBA has already released the Lakers 2013-2014 regular season schedule.