Game Info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Mar 15, 2005
TV: KCAL, CSNt
The Los Angeles Lakers hope to bounce back from one of their worst offensive performances of the season as they continue a six-game road trip with a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers shot just 35 percent from the field in Monday's 95-81 loss to the Washington Wizards, which dropped Los Angeles to 2-1 on midway through its trip and tied its third-lowest point total of the season.
``We were beat in absolutely every category tonight, except we had more assists,'' Lakers coach Frank Hamblen said. ``I was very disappointed in the way we came out and very disappointed in the way we continued to play.
The Lakers were outhustled for long stretches of the game, giving up easy fast breaks while letting the Wizards chase down the loose balls.
``I think the guys are probably embarrassed the way they played,'' Hamblen added. ``I'm embarrassed the way I had them prepared.''
Caron Butler had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant scored 18 points for the Lakers, making just six of 22 shots. Chucky Atkins added 15 points, but he started 0-for-7 and made most of his shots after the Wizards had built the big lead.
Bryant wasn't completely healthy, as he used electrical stimulation earlier in the day to help relieve swelling in his right ankle, which he sprained earlier in the season.
``Ankle was a little stiff this morning,'' he said
The 76ers, meanwhile, have dropped three of four, including Sunday's 128-110 defeat to the Toronto Raptors. Philadelphia couldn't shut down Toronto's Donyell Marshall, who tied the NBA record with 12 3-pointers. The 76ers surrendered a league-record 21 3s in the loss.
``You can't give a great shooter like that open looks like that,'' Philadelphia's Chris Webber said. ``I told him in the first quarter if he gets those looks, he'd better go for the record and he did.''
The 76ers repeatedly left Marshall open in the corner as he tied the record set by Kobe Bryant against Seattle on Jan. 7, 2003.
Allen Iverson had 32 points, and Webber had 19 for the 76ers, who squandered a 10-point first quarter lead.
``They played great offense, we played terrible defense,'' Iverson said. ``I mean if somebody hit that many 3s in the same spot you eventually have to adjust to it.''
Team Comparison Team Record Standings PF PA Road/Home Streak L10 LA Lakers 32-30 3rd Pacific / 8th West 98.4 99.4 Road 11-18 Lost 1 4-6 Philadelphia 30-33 2nd Atlantic / 9th East 98.5 99.9 Home 17-13 Lost 1 4-6