DENVER -- The specter of ugly history flew over the
The Lakers followed up their worst loss in team history by getting swept by the
The Nuggets joined the
That's two consecutive nights of history-making, in case anybody forgot the 142-94 embarrassment Thursday against the Clippers, the largest loss in Lakers history.
Throw in their 132-point gift to New Orleans on Tuesday, and the Lakers have had their worst three-game defensive stretch in their history, yielding an average of 136 points.
Adding insult to insults, the Lakers (21-42) secured a losing record for only the second time since 1995. Not that it was ever in doubt.
Jordan Farmar was angry enough to spike the ball hard on the court after another easy Nuggets basket.
"It's just ridiculous," Farmar said later. "Miscommunication, it just can't happen. We just have to find a way to get stops. Foul people if we have to. Something.
"Guys are just coming down and getting layups and dunks at will. Something's got to change. I'm tired of losing. I hate being on losing teams and losing atmospheres. It gets contagious and it gets to be OK. And that's not OK with me."
Ty Lawson made 12 of 22 shots. He's a point guard. He had 30 points and 17 assists for Denver, which has won six in a row against the Lakers, its longest run ever against them.
"I don't know if the air's gone out or we're tired or what the problem is," Lakers Coach
It wasn't a loud locker room after the game. No yelling. No more throwing shoes around the room.
"Tired and quiet. Not demonstrative," D'Antoni said. "Because they're good guys. It's not like you can go in and yell at them. They're trying. Sometimes they get outmanned, outmatched."
Their next four games almost surely won't be much fun for them: two in a row against Oklahoma City, followed by two in a row against San Antonio.
It isn't even certain that
He said he would try to do more against the Thunder, assuming he even played.
"I'll try to do a better job myself, of being a better anchor on the defensive end and protect the paint especially," he said.