(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers won't have long to get past the
humiliation of Thursday's loss to the Clippers as they travel to the Pepsi
Center to take on the Denver Nuggets Friday night.
The Lakers suffered the most-lopsided loss in franchise history Thursday night
when their co-tenants at Staples Center buried them 142-94 in front of a
national television audience.
The Clippers, who routed the Lakers 123-87 on Jan. 11, held a 29-27 edge after
a quarter of play, but outscored the Lakers 80-33 over the next two frames to
turn the game into a laugher.
"We felt sorry for ourselves and let it get away. We did not compete the last
three quarters," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Pau Gasol tallied 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who have
dropped five of their last seven tilts. Xavier Henry, who returned from a two-
month injury absence on Monday, finished with 15 off the bench and Kent
Bazemore added 14.
The Lakers allowed the Clippers to shoot 55.3 percent from the floor while
shooting under 40 percent themselves.
With one more loss, the Lakers will be guaranteed their first losing season
since the 2004-05 campaign when they went 34-48. Rudy Tomjanovich resigned
during that season and Phil Jackson was back on the bench to start the next
Things won't get any easier for L.A. as it faces the Oklahoma City Thunder and
San Antonio Spurs in the next four games. They are the two best teams in the
The Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 115-110 home
victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Ty Lawson netted 17 of his 20 points in the first quarter and six Nuggets
reached double figures. Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 21 points while J.J.
Hickson, Kenneth Faried and Randy Foye all had 16 in the triumph. Darrell
Arthur scored 10 points off the bench.
"It felt great to get the win. It's only one win, but I'll take it. Hopefully
we can build on it and finish the season strong," said Hickson.
The Nuggets also put the brakes on a five-game home losing streak with the win
on Wednesday. After Friday's tilt with the Lakers, Denver tours the southern
part of the country with road contests against the New Orleans Pelicans,
Charlotte Bobcats, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
The Nuggets have won both meetings this season with the Lakers and five in a
row in the series. The Lakers have lost three straight and four of their last
five in Denver.
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