Monday , Mar , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – March 28

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – March 28 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers continued their losing ways on
Sunday. All-Star Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth
quarter and matched a career-high with 15 assists to lead the Philadelphia
76ers past the Lakers, 96-89, at the Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant had 34 points and 10 boards for Los Angeles, which suffered
its eighth straight loss. The skid is the longest for the Lakers since they
dropped 10 in a row in 1993-94.

Tied at 78-78, the Sixers scored six straight points to take control. Bryant
then scored five consecutive points to pull the Lakers within one, 84-83, with
a little over four minutes to play. That would be as close as LA would get, as
Philadelphia closed the game on a 12-6 run to cruise to the seven-point win.

The Lakers, who started a three-game homestand, fell to 21-14 on their court.
LA will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Thursday in the finale of the stand.

After Thursday’s contest, the Lakers embark on a three-game road trip that
starts on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center. LA will
also play the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns on the swing.

Bryant has scored 30 or more points in three of his last four games and has
played 39 or more minutes in all of the contests. He is averaging 26.9
points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his last 10 games.

The Lakers are in serious danger of missing the postseason for the first time
since 1994. They trail the red-hot Denver Nuggets by 6 1/2 games for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

LA, which is 32-37, is scheduled to play seven of its final 13 games on the
road. Only three of the contests are against teams with below .500 records and
12 of the games are against clubs from the West.