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Lakers’ Week 14 in review: Losses do not stop

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Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hits the game-winning shot over Lakers forward Julius Randle during the fourth quarter of a game at Staples Center on Jan. 26.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Through Week 14, the Lakers continued to lose without interruption.

While the week opened with Kobe Bryant telling his young teammates to take responsibility, the team fell short at home on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, 92-90.

The game was supposed to be Bryant’s final battle against Dirk Nowitzki, but Bryant sat out, and the Mavericks’ long-time All-Star hit the game winner.

Before Nowitzki’s dagger, Lou Williams hit a big shot that was waved off as an offensive foul, but the NBA ruled it was an incorrect call.

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Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. was happy to give up his seat for Bryant.

Pau Gasol returned to Staples Center to visit his former team.  Bryant recalled the joy of playing his first game with Gasol.

While Bryant was able to play, the Lakers were listless on Thursday in a 114-91 loss to Chicago, their eighth-straight defeat.

The losing continued against the Clippers on Friday, despite the Clippers playing without injured forward Blake Griffin -- sidelined with a broken hand.

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Chris Paul scored 27 points as his team defeated the Lakers, 105-93.

The Lakers wanted to avoid a club record-tying 10-game skid, but on Sunday, the team was a no show.

Guard Jeremy Lin visited his former team, helping the Charlotte Hornets win, 101-82 - the Lakers reaching 10 losses in a row.

Lakers forward Julius Randle said, “We let them do whatever they wanted.”

Guard D’Angelo Russell is trying to turn criticism into motivation, and that playing point guard is new to him.

While Jordan Clarkson and Russell were selected for the “Rising Stars Challenge,” in Toronto over All-Star weekend.  Randle was snubbed, which was called an injustice by Coach Byron Scott.

Scott said on Instagram that he did not get into a “fight.

Meanwhile, Tarik Black helped the D-Fenders improve to 15-14.

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Marge Hearn, wife of the late Chick Hearn, passed away as the “first lady of the Lakers.”

 Through Make-A-Wish, the Lakers signed Yitzi Teichman to an honorary one-day contract.

Shaquille O’Neal, who wasn’t always so kind to the Lakers, will be honored by the team with a statue outside  Staples Center.

Finally, center DeMarcus Cousins is having a great season but the Sacramento Kings are mediocre.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.


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