The Lakers had one of their best nights of the season on Wednesday -- while taking the day off.
In ninth place in the Western Conference standings, the Lakers (28-30) need some help if they are to catch at least one of three teams ahead of them: the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.
The Rockets (31-28) fell in Houston on Wednesday after Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks nailed a wild buzzer-beating three-pointer for a 110-107 win.
The Jazz (31-27) were beaten soundly by the Atlanta Hawks, 102-91, losing their eighth game at home.
Despite a stunning 54 points from Stephen Curry, the Warriors lost in New York to the Knicks, 109-105. Curry hit 11 of 13 three-point shots but it wasn't enough.