Lakers have firsts of the wrong type piling up

Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried gets past Lakers power forward Pau Gasol for a reverse layup in the fourth quarter.
(David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

DENVER -- The specter of ugly history flew over the Lakers again, opened its mouth and dropped more basketball sludge on this wreck of a season.

The Lakers followed up their worst loss in team history by getting swept by the Denver Nuggets for the first time in a season series, making it official with a 134-126 loss Friday at Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season. The Lakers probably want to skip the rest of the 2013-14 season.

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.


BOX SCORE: Denver Nuggets 134, Lakers 126

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.”

Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points and combined with fellow forward Wilson Chandler to make 22 of 31 shots.

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 Mike D’Antoni said. “Robert Sacre came in and did a great job defensively. He comes in and it’s like, wow. We need two or three or four guys like that to make us solid.”

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 Pau Gasol will play Sunday against the Thunder. He sustained a sprained left ankle after coming down on Randy Foye’s foot in the first quarter. Gasol stayed in the game, scored 27 points on 12-of-21 shooting, and limped out of the locker room afterward.

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.

Twitter: @Mike_Bresnahan

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