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January 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers are the only team with a losing record in the league to have scored more points this season than they've given up. It's not much of a consolation prize: The Lakers are in 10th place in the Western Conference at 15-20, 4 1/2 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers. The Lakers are averaging 103.2 points per game while giving up 101.7, a difference of 1.5 points. Where the Lakers are primarily lacking is on defense.  Only four teams allow more points a game (Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings)
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January 24, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
ORLANDO -- Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't like talking about the Lakers' defense, which had been pliant and generous, as usual. D'Antoni was simmering a day after the Lakers lost to Miami, 109-102, with Chris Bosh and LeBron James combining for 58 points on 24-of-37 shooting. "We were just watching film and we give up 15 to 20 points by guys not paying attention and not doing the things we talk about, and we're trying to get that right," D'Antoni said Friday before the Lakers played the Orlando Magic.
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December 21, 1991
So, you're bored with "Slowtime," Mr. Barnett (Viewpoint, Dec. 14)? So you would rather see the Lakers fast break and lose instead of seeing them play some defense and win? You say you have been rooting against the Lakers because they are boring and have gotten away from an entertainment tradition? Let me tell you something. The Lakers have a tradition, all right. It's a tradition of winning, and if you don't realize that, then take a look at those six flags on the wall of the Forum.
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January 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The number stood out like few others since the free-flying days of the 1980s. The Lakers allowed the Denver Nuggets to score 137 points Sunday. Somehow it happened. In a stop-and-see-if-you-really-saw-the-TV-ticker way. Not since 1993 have the Lakers given up that many points in a non-overtime regular-season game. In that beauty, a 141-124 Charlotte Hornets victory on Nov. 24, 1993, Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning combined for 50 points. Times were different back then.
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November 29, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni is blunt about how the Lakers' recent performance went against the Indiana Pacers. "We've got to do better than 77 points, that's ridiculous," said D'Antoni. "What I'm a little discouraged about is, how do you score 77 points when you take 43 foul shots?  That's hard to do.  You've got to be a pretty special team to be able to do that. " The Lakers have struggled much of the year with turnovers and missed free throws, starting the season 7-8. "If it [had been]
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June 17, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Last man gets the court. Make that the last defender(s). Which is why Paul Pierce was one of the first Celtics, if not the first, off the court, as Staples Center buckled and gave way to bedlam and celebration to the NBA champion Lakers. Which is why Ron Artest, wearing his 2010 champions hat, was still out there, leaning back in joy amid the chaos. His teammate, Kobe Bryant, had pounded the verbal point home, time and time again during the long-and-winding and seemingly never-ending playoffs, that defense would be the difference.
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December 13, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW YORK - Boos have rarely turned to laughs so quickly. New York Knicks fans let the Lakers have it during pregame introductions, jeering Mike D'Antoni (because he used to be their coach) and Kobe Bryant (because he's Kobe Bryant) with equal vocal power. By the end, though, the product the Lakers put on the court drew cheers of amusement and derision Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Actually, it started in the first quarter, long before the Knicks' 116-107 victory.
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December 9, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Kobe Bryant was the first Laker to walk off the floor at the end, expressionless and not sticking around to exchange pleasantries. At this point, what is there left to say? The Lakers are losing at home and on the road with the same regularity, a 117-110 defeat against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at Staples Center the latest in a season full of them. A team that began the season with NBA Finals-or-bust aspirations has perfected the second part of that equation, falling to three games below .500 for the second time.
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June 9, 2010
Mike Dunleavy, former coach and general manager of the Clippers, is The Times' guest analyst on the NBA Finals. Dunleavy has coached four NBA teams — the Clippers, Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers. He was NBA coach of the year in 1999 with Portland. The Lakers got big production from their two Ds in Game 3. That's Defense and D. Fisher. Derek Fisher was really impressive in the fourth quarter. It seems like he's been making big shots forever, and he made three huge ones down the stretch to clinch this victory.
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June 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Turn up the Perry Como . Listen to a little Glenn Miller . Oddly enough, or not at all when considering the protagonist, Lakers forward and occasional rapper Ron Artest was fired up by 1940s swing music going into Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Something certainly worked for Artest, who continued his recent hot hand by scoring 15 points and making three of five three-point attempts in the Lakers' 102-89 victory Thursday over the Boston Celtics. Maybe it was the more mellow music.
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December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career-highs against the Lakers. "In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher. We've got to get a little more stronger there," the Lakers coach said Tuesday. "If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that's definitely a point of emphasis. " Toronto power forward Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points Sunday against the Lakers. Other career-highs against them: Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene Hilario nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
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December 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers struggled defensively against the Phoenix Suns, falling, 114-108, Tuesday night. Point guard Goran Dragic, almost always a difficult player for the Lakers to handle, finished with 31 points to lead all scorers. Marcus Morris contributed 22 off the bench on 10-of-13 shooting. His twin brother, Markieff, scored 15. The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant who gave a better showing in his second game back from Achilles' tendon surgery, scoring 20 points (with three turnovers)
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November 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The recent story for the Lakers has been the play of Jordan Hill, who has notched consecutive double-doubles since his promotion to the starting lineup. And quietly, Wesley Johnson has also made an impact over the last two games in the starting lineup. Since Johnson and Hill joined Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Pau Gasol, the Lakers have defeated the New Orleans Pelicans and challenged the Denver Nuggets before fading late in the fourth quarter. On Wednesday in Denver, Johnson blocked five shots, had three steals and made two three-pointers, making him the first Laker to have that combination since Robert Horry had five blocks, three steals and one three-pointer on Halloween in 1997.
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November 10, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The whiteboard inside the Lakers' locker room spelled out the defensive plan in various shades of marker. Find Kevin Martin. Watch Kevin Love's outlet passes. Make Ricky Rubio a shooter and not a driver. Fail. Fail. Fail. At least the Lakers were consistent. In a performance so appalling they were booed in the first quarter, the Lakers reached a new low Sunday night at Staples Center during a laughably lopsided 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Martin (27 points)
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October 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
BEIJING - If you missed it, you are forgiven. Entirely. The Lakers played Golden State in an exhibition game that started at 4:30 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday, ended a few ticks before 6:45 and took place 6,000 miles from L.A. Nick Young had 18 points, Pau Gasol had 15 and the chants for Kobe Bryant started in the first quarter of the Lakers' 100-95 loss. Bryant sat in a dark suit on the bench, still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, but it didn't stop the game-ops people from putting him on the scoreboard three or four times every quarter to the endless delight of Lakers fans.
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January 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (15-20) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (27-8) on Friday night at Staples Center. Pau Gasol has yet to be cleared for a return to the court after suffering a concussion Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. He will be reevaluated on Friday. Regardless, the Lakers will be without Dwight Howard (shoulder), Jordan Hill (hip) and Steve Blake (abdominal surgery). Oklahoma City has the second-best record in the NBA, scoring 105.4 points a night. Only the Houston Rockets score more per game, at 106. The Lakers are a relatively high-scoring team (103.2)
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January 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Should Jim Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president of basketball operations, panic at the team's 15-20 start? Given his vow Thursday not to panic , is he right that the injuries are the primary reason the Lakers have had such a dismal start to the season? "I don't know if we've had five games where all our players are playing," Jim Buss said. "When you have injuries like that, you can't play enough games together to get chemistry. " He's certainly not wrong regarding injuries.
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