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Lakers battle but can't top Warriors in 108-105 loss
Lakers battle but can't top Warriors in 108-105 loss

Say what you want about the Lakers. There's plenty of material. Numbingly poor record. Bloated payroll. Uninspiring roster. It's all true. But there's also a reality emerging while the Lakers lose game after game — they don't go down easily. They were 35 games behind the Golden State Warriors in the standings at Monday's tipoff. They had chances to beat them a few hours later. The ending was almost predictable — 108-105, Warriors — but the last month created a best-of-both-worlds for the franchise, if superlatives could even be used at this point. The Lakers are, after all, 17-49. They're not getting pummeled and they're...

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