Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/18/14
When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, before the NBA campaign began; many longtime observers of the Association expected the franchise would be riding high all season. The club’s fortunes have yet to match those expectations; case in point; if the regular campaign ended on Friday night, the Lakers would not be in the Post Season mix; after falling short in their comeback attempt against the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-108. Los Angeles would valiantly tried to win the contest at the Chesapeake Energy Arena; bouncing back after being down by 19 points in the third, to cut their deficit to four points with 15 seconds to play, but could not get over the hump, as the Thunder held on for the win. Kevin Durant led the game in scoring, knocking down 36 points for the evening, while Russell Westbrook had 33 points for the night. Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, once again attempted to win a game playing one on five ball, but his 35 points were not enough ...
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