Somebody had to win when they played each other, right?
As has been the case far too often this season, that "somebody" was not the purple and gold.
The misery continued for the Lakers after a 120-118 loss to Cleveland.
How it happened: The Cavaliers used a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to seemingly grab control, but L.A. kept clawing back, with Nick Young getting fouled on a 3-point attempt with 25.3 seconds left and sticking all three free throws to make it a two-point game. After Tristan Thompson missed one of two at the line, Young got a chance to tie it with a pull-up 3 that hit the front of the rim with 9.3 seconds remaining and L.A. didn't have a chance from there.
What it means: That was not the note the Lakers wanted to leave Staples Center on as they embark on their longest trip of the season starting Wednesday in Phoenix. The hole just keeps getting deeper as L.A. has now lost 11 out of its last 12 games.
Hits:Pau Gasol played with a strained tendon in his left foot and put up 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting to go with 12 rebounds.
Young scored a team-high 28 points off the bench along with a season-high six assists.