March 4, 2013 |
The Lakers won two of three games in Week 18, climbing back to .500 (30-30) for the first time since their loss on New Year's Day to the Philadelphia 76ers. With 22 games remaining, the Lakers are just three games behind the sixth-place Golden State Warriors (33-27) and 2½ behind both the Utah Jazz (32-27) and Houston Rockets (33-28). The Lakers still play the Warriors twice and Houston once, with the tiebreaker still up for grabs. The Jazz have the advantage over the Lakers after completing the season series up 2-1. Overall, the Lakers are still four losses below the cumulative predictions for weeks 1-18 . Tuesday at Oklahoma City Thunder The Lakers had one of their best wins of the season in late January when they beat the Thunder at Staples Center 105-96.