The Los Angeles Lakers matched a franchise-worst losing streak in a 101-82 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. They end January on a 10-game stretch of losses, looking completely out of sorts in every aspect of a professional basketball team. Charlotte was shorthanded, but against a Lakers team playing as poorly as this one is, they had more than enough to breeze through the game for am easy win.
It was all about three-point shooting through most of this one, with Marvin Williams feeding on the Lakers' defense for a team-high 17 points while shooting four-of-eight from deep. Charlotte shot 36 percent from deep as a team, taking advantage of a Lakers' defense that collapses too deep into the paint too often.
D'Angelo Russell was hardly heard from, not taking his first field goal until the third quarter. Kobe Bryant had one of his better games in recent memory, scoring 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting, doing just enough to keep the Lakers in the game until the third quarter bludgeoning came.
Lou Williams made just one of his 10 shot attempts, while the bench struggled to produce anything. Brandon Bass and Nick Young combined to miss all 10 of their attempts, The Lakers had more turnovers (15) than assists (13), which just about sums how bad this game for the purple and gold. The Lakers are off Monday, then host the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night before heading on the road for a four-game road trip leading into the All-Star break. How long will the bleeding go on?