The Los Angeles Lakers lost their sixth straight home game on Tuesday by falling to the Utah Jazz, 96-79. In the process, the storied Lakers dropped six in a row at Staples Center for the first time ever.
The six-game losing streak on the team's home court dates back to Jan. 5, when L.A. fell to the Denver Nuggets, 137-115. The other five losses (in order) came against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls and Jazz.
The Lakers lost those six contests by an average of more than 11 points per game. Injuries have played a huge role, as the team was without Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Jordan Farmar for the matchup against Utah.
Staples Center began construction in 1998 and opened on Oct. 17, 1999. Since that time, the Lakers had never lost six straight inside its walls—until now. The franchise previously lost six straight at home during the 1992-93 season, per ESPN Stats & Info:
The 1992-93 team—led by Sedale Threatt, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Sam Perkins—managed to make the playoffs at season's end with a 39-43 record. It fell to the Phoenix Suns in the first round, however, 3-2.
Lakers lose 6th straight home game, tied for franchise's longest home losing streak in single season (also in 1992-93).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 12, 2014
Even if the 2013-14 Lakers get Kobe Bryant back in the lineup after the NBA All-Star break, it doesn't appear as if they'll make a playoff push. At 18-34, the Lakers now sit 12.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
If this team misses the playoffs, it will be just the fifth time in franchise history that has happened since the organization moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis for the 1960-61 season.
The Lakers are making history this year for all the wrong reasons. Injuries continue to derail the roster as well, as Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports that Steve Nash will miss the second half of the season due to nerve root irritation that plagued him all throughout the first half.
Lakers fans can look forward to 2014 free agency in hopes of landing a star, but this injury-riddled roster will need plenty of help in order to compete in 2014-15.