That's what happens when you go 10-29 since Dec. 21.
They got drilled by the Clippers last week, lost a home game to New Orleans and were no-shows in Denver. Yet they beat Portland and Oklahoma City in the span of seven days.
It's fine to be confused.
"OK, we've done it a couple times, two out of five, but can we do it four out of five?" D'Antoni said. "Can we do it consistently? Hopefully, some of it will stick."
The Lakers (22-42) face perhaps their toughest back-to-back this season Thursday at Oklahoma City and Friday at San Antonio. Ouch.
In their defense, they looked strong in a 114-110 victory Sunday over Oklahoma City, holding
It was more than odd to see the Lakers play well defensively after their worst three-game defensive stretch in team history — 408 combined points against the
D'Antoni thought he knew why Sunday was different.
"It's crazy, but I think sharing the basketball. Feeling good about one end transfers to the other end," he said.
The Lakers' gain meant more Thunder pain.
Oklahoma City (46-17) has lost five of its last eight games, not exactly peaking to start the final quarter of the regular season.
"In some games, someone will have 40 points on you that is not supposed to have 40," Durant said, referring to
Oklahoma City owns winning streaks of eight, nine and 10 games this season but has lost momentum, to say the least, with home games coming up against Houston and the Lakers this week.
"We need to have a sense of urgency, knowing that teams are coming at us every night," said point guard