Lakers Suffer Largest Margin of Defeat in Franchise History vs. Mavericks

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2017

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 22:  Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers during play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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:


The @dallasmavs' 122-73 win handed the Lakers their biggest margin of defeat in franchise history https://t.co/ToG7MR6Tlf

Los Angeles' 49-point loss came exactly 11 years after Kobe Bryant scored a franchise-best 81 points against the Toronto Raptors:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jan 22, 2006: Kobe scores 81. Jan 22, 2017: Lakers score 73 points and suffer their largest margin of defeat in franchise history. https://t.co/J6xuXfZUh6

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.

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