Instead of gaining a full game on the Rockets, the Lakers are still four back. A win would have brought the Lakers a half-game closer to the Blazers; instead they're now 3 1/2 games back.
The Utah Jazz won again, making the seventh seed that much more of a stretch (five full games out of reach).
It's looking more and more like the Lakers will climb no higher than eighth in the Western Conference ... if they make it to the postseason at all.
Their road trip continues on Friday in Minnesota, before stops in Detroit, Brooklyn, Boston, Charlotte and Miami.
Their recent three-game winning streak has kept them close but the Lakers cannot afford to fall apart over the next six.ALSO: