The Charlotte Bobcats showed their claws and took a big swipe at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night, coming away with a 110-100 victory and a big chunk of the Lakers' dwindling ego.
Led by center Al Jefferson (40 points, 18 rebounds) and his mammoth paws, the Bobcats dashed the hopes of any Lakers fans clinging to the idea that its recent woes could be blamed more on the time away from home than the subpar basketball on display for this storied franchise.
Gasol led the Lakers with 24 points, and Nick Young contributed a solid 21 points, but there just wasn't enough support for the Lakers, both on the court, and apparently, in the stands.
This is the first time the Lakers have suffered at least 30 losses before Feb. 1 since the 1966-67 season when they went 21-32.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 1, 2014
Facts like these illustrate how the Lakers are mired in a historic nadir, and their showing against the Bobcats—a franchise that often has very little to write home about after time on the road—is just another confirmation that these are unwelcome times for many fans in Lakerland.
Here are four major takeaways from the Lakers deflating defeat to the Charlotte Bobcats.