Recap: Lakers Fall to Nets, Extend Losing Streak to Eight

The Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Brooklyn for an early matchup with the Nets on Wednesday. They came away with a 107-97 loss.

The first half was an ugly affair for the Lakers. While they played much better than they had for the past few weeks, the Lakers were unable to get the lid off their basket. That was especially evident in the second quarter as nearly every open shot missed.

The Lakers took a 52-43 deficit to the locker room at halftime.

The third quarter was a better show of the Lakers’ skills. More focused and intense defense gave the Nets (especially their young guards) plenty of difficulty. While the Lakers were not much more efficient on the offensive end, they were able to convert easier opportunities to cut the Brooklyn lead.

The strong defense and transition offense made up for plenty of missed free throws and other open shots. The Lakers received huge stretches from Luol Deng and Nick Young in the third quarter to take the lead.

The fourth quarter saw the Lakers defense regress as the game became an up-and-down affair. A monstrous Larry Nance, Jr. jam that sent Brook Lopez to the magical Marvel universe in the sky momentarily got the Lakers’ intensity up.

The Nets would not go away quietly, however, hoping to avenge the loss of their leader on the court. With LA’s defense playing poorly, Brooklyn took an eight point lead with four minutes to go.

Despite their best efforts, turnovers, missed shots, and poor defense eventually caused another loss for the Lakers, their eighth straight.

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