The Lakers (2-11) lost their third in a row, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers (6-9). Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-93 loss Sunday at Staples Center.
1. The game was a lot closer than the final 14-point margin would suggest.
The Lakers were competitive for most of the night, getting to within three with 4:34 remaining after five consecutive points from reserve center Brandon Bass.
After getting a stop, Nick Young missed a jumper and Mason Plumlee got a dunk on the other end after a Lakers' defensive breakdown, to put Portland up five.
Following a timeout, Kobe Bryant subbed in and took a quick three-point attempt, that led...