🏀The Lakers have reached double figures in consecutive losses just twice in team history. They ended the 1993-94 season with 10 straight defeats under Magic Johnson, capping his short tenure as head coach, and matched that streak in January of 2016, Kobe Bryant's final season in Los Angeles.
🏀"It's not easy, but we're going to fight our way through it," Lakers coach Luke Walton said to reporters after the latest loss. "The biggest difference, right now and the past two weeks, has been our defense."
🏀Los Angeles beat Atlanta twice in November of last season to help the Lakers end the month with a 10-10 record, but faded significantly in December and finished the 2016-17 season with a 26-56 record.
The last time the Lakers were at .500 this season was when they beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 5 to improve to 5-5.
🏀Their downturn picked up momentum later that month, when they lost all four games on a road trip that included stops against the three other California teams.
"Early in the year, if we had off-shooting nights, like we've had a lot of, we were still right in ball games, because we were defending our tails off," Walton said. "The biggest thing we need to get back to is playing defense like that."
🏀The Hawks (10-28) are struggling with the same rebuilding process as the Lakers, and Atlanta has lost two in a row to remain the only NBA team with a worse record than Los Angeles this season -@espn
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