The Los Angeles Lakers tried to get their seventh win in eight games in taking on the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night but unfortunately fell short, 103-99. In the end, it was the Sixers who played better defense and sank the important shots, and the holes in the Lakers' run-and-gun game were further exposed.
Pau Gasol struggled once again, and Dwight Howard just didn't look like himself in the paint. Their collective performance is not how the fans wanted them to look entering the team's current stretch. Starting on Friday, Los Angeles will play four games in five days, three of which are on the road.
The loss drops the Lakers to 15-16, nowhere near what was expected of them following the acquisitions of both Howard and Steve Nash over the summer. Time is slowly running out for them to right the ship, as the playoffs will be here sooner than one might think.
The sad truth is that against young Philadelphia, the Lakers' collective age showed. Gasol struggled mightily, and it once again became the Kobe Bryant Show on offense.
Just the same, the Lakers managed to keep the game close from start to finish. Let's see how they graded out by the final buzzer.