Their seven-game trip ended the same way it began, with an unsurprising loss, this time to the New York Knicks, 110-103, Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Pau Gasol didn't throw any shoes afterward. Nobody yelled or screamed. All the losses have apparently become numbing, the Lakers now 3-16 since Dec. 21.
Their defense was peaceful and accommodating as usual, allowing 100 or more points in a 12th consecutive game, something they hadn't done since the freewheeling days of 1988-89.
Gasol looked more resigned than angry after this one, though he claimed otherwise.
"I'm still very frustrated," he said after scoring 20 points. "I think that this team has enough to be able to win certain games and when we [have] lack of focus or lack of effort that really [ticks] me off. I'm going to continue to be frustrated as long as we lose."
The Lakers went 2-5 on the trip and fell to 16-29, half a game ahead of Utah for last place in the Western Conference.
With a home game Tuesday against Indiana, the team with the NBA's best record, 15th out of 15 in the West could be reality soon enough.
Not that the Lakers lost to a great team Sunday. Not since 1960 had the Knicks and Lakers played each other with both teams 10 or more games below .500, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Yawn. Stretch. Time to leave yet?
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni tried to make the game more interesting by having rookie Ryan Kelly guard Anthony. It was two days after Anthony scored a franchise-record 62 points to break Kobe Bryant's scoring record at Madison Square Garden.
Actually, Kelly wasn't awful. Anthony got his points (35) but made only 14 of 31 shots.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, Anthony was solid late in the game. With the Knicks up only three, he scored on a 14-footer over Kelly and again on a driving layup for a 105-98 lead with 2:32 to play.
"We just seem to find a way to lose and it oozes away," D'Antoni said. "It's just not real glaring. We had a chance to win three or four of these games and we didn't do it."
Young knew one thing, though. Opposing fans are deriving enjoyment from all the Lakers' losses, no matter where they go.
"It's the Lakers. They're used to them winning and being 'Showtime' and always having a packed arena when they come to town," Young said. "It's always good [for them] to see the top fall a little bit."
"We have some athletic problems out there. We're just not the fastest team out there," D'Antoni said. "We just seem to find a way that it slips away from us and we'll keep working at it."