LOS ANGELES >> Through ownership turmoil, youthful mistakes and persistent losing, another low point now defines the Lakers’ 2016-17 season.The Lakers lost both regular-season meetings to the Celtics.Sure, the stakes don’t compare to when the league’s heritage franchises met in 12 NBA Finals appearances or to decades of regular-season matchups that often previewed those championship series. But the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Celtics on Friday at Staples Center extended their losing streak to six games and gave their rivals their first sweep of the regular-season series since 2007-08.And in a season defined more by growth than results, the Lakers (19-43) showed none of it against the surging Celtics (40-22). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo much for fulfilling the pregame hopes of Lakers coach Luke Walton, who admitted, “I personally want this one a little more than most games.”“I wanted to win. We wanted to win,” he said. “As an organization, players and fans, we never want to get swept by our rivals. But that’s very far down the list I concern myself with and where we’re at and trying to go.”Walton saw plenty of other more pressing problems.Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram went scoreless on only one shot attempt while collecting five fouls, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Ingram had not taken a shot in the game until missing a 10-foot jumper with 4:10 remaining.Said Walton: “He had some tough fouls and was in and out of foul trouble the whole time. It felt like it was one of those funky nights where he couldn’t get in the rhythm of the game.” Said Ingram: “I didn’t agree with some of the calls. But I can’t fault the referees for everything. I have to keep playing and learn from it and do better next time.”Second-year guard D’Angelo Russell (17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four assists) and third-year forward Julius Randle (13 points on 5-of-13 shooting 7 rebounds) looked like different players in the first and second half. After finishing with nine points and three assists in the first half, Russell had only six more points and no assists in the second. After collecting nine points and four rebounds before halftime, Randle had two more field goals and three more rebounds in the second.And let’s not forget about the Lakers’ defense. They’ve certainly forgotten about it for much of the season, and Friday’s game and the Celtics’ season-high 70-point first half was no exception.“They made a lot of shots early on. Some of that was they are skilled players. Other parts we were a second late on defensive rotations,” Walton said. “Elite teams beat you with that. As we were playing hard and competing, they were inching that lead more and more. Then it felt like we got in desperation mode. What we need to learn from tonight, is no matter what happens in the game, the game is long.”Every Boston starter scored in double figures, with Isaiah Thomas (18), Al Horford (17), Avery Bradley (15), Jae Crowder (14) and Amir Johnson (13) providing nice balance. The Celtics scored seemingly anytime they wanted to in the paint (52 points) or on fast breaks (24). During one third-quarter sequence, Thomas threw a pass off the backboard to Jaylen Brown (16 points), drawing aahs from the crowd as the Celtics open a 89-58 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter.Although Walton admitted feeling “a little bit of anger and frustration,” he understood the Celtics for being green.“Obviously it’s not enjoyable to watch teams showboat on your homecourt,” Walton said. “If I’m them, why not? We’re not getting back on defense. Rub it in our face and hopefully it (ticks) the players off.”It apparently did, as the Lakers went on a 20-4 run following the lob.Walton yanked his starters for most of the second half because he didn’t like their effort. After going scoreless and missing his first six shots in the first half, Lakers reserve guard Jordan Clarkson scored a team-high 20 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Trailing by 31 in the third, Clarkson almost single-handedly cut the Lakers’ deficit to 15 by scoring their final 13 points entering the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Walton called reserve guard David Nwaba a “big part of that spark that got us back in the game” by providing seven points, two rebounds and defense that initially made the Laker sign him to a 10-day contract from the D-Fenders.“That’s what should happen. We should take pride in playing on our home floor,” Walton said. “Obviously we should play harder than that before. But especially when something like that is going on, it should motivate the group.”So should the prospect of a matchup with the Celtics, though that did not seem to entice the Lakers as it once did. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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