The Lakers split four games through Week 15 but are a full 12 games out of eighth place in the Western Conference.
Point guard help arrived as the long-injured trio of Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar returned to active duty.
The following night, the Lakers visited the Cleveland Cavaliers in an odd game in which the Lakers ran out of players. Nick Young was lost to a knee injury, and Farmar suffered a setback but the Lakers still managed a 119-108 victory.
The Lakers signed Shawne Williams to a 10-day contract to help in the meantime.
The upshot, as General Manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged, is that the Lakers are "going to have a good draft pick."
The two wins didn't exactly help the Lakers' "tanking" position" for the 2014 NBA draft.
The Lakers began a six-game homestand, starting with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
On Saturday, Nash said he feels as good as he has since his 2012 leg fracture.
With the trade deadline (Feb. 20) nearing, the Lakers discussed moving Pau Gasol to the Phoenix Suns.
Kobe Bryant's knee injury will make him miss the All-Star game on Feb. 16. Commissioner Adam Silver replaced Bryant with Anthony Davis.
Former Laker Manny Harris, recently sent back to the NBA Development League, was named a D-League all-star. On Saturday, Harris returned to the D-Fenders, scoring a franchise record 56 points in a win over the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Another former Laker, Sasha Vujacic, signed a 10-day contract with the Clippers.
Shaquille O'Neal, who the Lakers traded in 2004, said he and Bryant would have won two more titles had he stayed with the team.
Finally, Magic Johnson said he's willing to help Lakers recruit players.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times