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Lakers Tie Mark for Worst Loss in Franchise History

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott in the second half of an NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.  Lakers won 107-98. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 29, 2016

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Utah Jazz by a score of 123-75 on Monday, tying a franchise record for the largest margin of defeat in a game, per Sportsnet Stats.

Unsurprisingly, the Lakers' other 48-point loss was also pretty recent, occurring on March 6, 2014, against the Los Angeles Clippers with a final score of 142-94.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed that game against his Staples Center rivals a couple of years ago, but he wasn't fortunate enough to miss Monday's humiliation at the hands of a 37-37 Utah squad. 

The future Hall of Famer played a big role in the loss, making just one of his 11 field-goal attempts on the way to a weak stat line of just five points, two assists and a steal in 28 minutes.

Of course, a 48-point defeat requires a true team effort, and the Lakers didn't disappoint in that regard.

Though they only turned the ball over nine times, the Lakers made just 26 of their 85 field-goal attempts (30.6 percent) while allowing the Jazz to convert 46 out of 89 (51.7 percent).

The Lakers forced just seven turnovers and were out-rebounded 57-37, with the Jazz picking up 13 offensive boards despite missing only 43 shots.

The game actually matched a record on both sides, as the 48-point margin of victory tied a Utah franchise record that was set back in 1989-90 during the Karl Malone-John Stockton era, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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