The Los Angeles Lakers can only hope Sunday's 122-73 blowout loss against the Dallas Mavericks marks the low point of their ongoing rebuild.
NBA TV shared highlights of the thrashing and noted the historical significance:
Los Angeles' 49-point loss came exactly 11 years after Kobe Bryant scored a franchise-best 81 points against the Toronto Raptors:
The Lakers fell to 16-32 on the season with the loss. Only the 9-34 Brooklyn Nets and 14-30 Miami Heat have worse records heading into Monday.
While the Lakers ended the first quarter trailing by only seven points, a 38-11 second quarter resulted in a 34-point halftime deficit. It got worse from there in what eventually became a 49-point rout.
Dallas made all 19 of its free-throw attempts in the game, drilled 17 three-pointers and won the rebounding battle, 49-32. However, the game was just as much about the Lakers' struggles.
Los Angeles didn't have a single starter score in double figures, and the team shot 3-of-21 from three-point range. Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick from this past June's draft, finished the day with a minus-45 rating.
The loss was the sixth in the last seven games for the Lakers, who are 6-22 since the start of December. While Ingram, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson provide hope for the future, the team has a long way to go before contending for a spot in the playoffs.