The Lakers said so long to Los Angeles with a 118-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They've lost 11 of their last 12 games and will hit the road for their next seven contests, embarking on their annual Grammy road trip. The game was back and forth, featuring each team going on huge runs followed by huge droughts, but it was the Lakers who wound up heading home to pack without wind in their sails.
The game was down to the wire, though. Nick Young managed to draw a three-shot foul with 25.3 seconds left in the game and drained all of his attempts to bring the Lakers within two, but the swag just wasn't enough. He pulled up for a game-tying three with three seconds left in the game but couldn't connect.
Luol Deng had a monster night for the Cavaliers, dropping in a team-high 27 points while shooting a perfect five-of-five from beyond the arc. For a player that the Lakers could target as an unrestricted free agent you couldn't ask for much better of an audition.
Of course, blistering three-point shooting wasn't mutually exclusive to Deng. The Cavaliers as a team shot 75 percent from deep, making 13 of their 17 attempts from long range. Jodie Meeks and Nick Young were locked in for the Lakers, combining to go 10-for-18 from deep. Meeks was one made three shy of his career-record and finished the night with 26 points. Young scored a game-high 28 points.
Marsh Madness continued it's merry way through the season. Kendall finished with 10 points and dropped 16 dimes, including a gorgeous behind-the-back pass in transition that Wesley Johnson unfortunately couldn't finish. Pau Gasol, a game-time decision leading up to tip-off, played well despite a moderate toe strain. He finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points on an efficient 9-of-13 shooting along with 12 rebounds. Gasol was the only Laker to break double-digit rebounding and the Cavaliers enjoyed a 48-35 advantage on the glass.
The long journey on the road begins with the second-half a back-to-back Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns. With a slim roster of nine "healthy" players -- as in players who can wear a uniform and play at the very least -- there are treacherous waters to wade through. This was a disappointing loss to a team that's been disappointing in their own right . The Lakers now have the seventh-worst record in the league, dropping one spot behind the Cavaliers.