|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAIt had to happen sooner or later. The Los Angeles Lakers' phenomenal win streak had to come to an end sooner or later, and on Sunday, it did against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers had their win streak ended at nine games, while the Nuggets won their sixth in a row.
The Lakers had the lead at the half, up 47-40, and it looked like the two-time defending NBA champions may have been looking at their tenth consecutive win. But the Nuggets came roaring back in the third quarter to tie the game, then kept the momentum going through the fourth to win 95-90.
Los Angeles fell to 2.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs with this loss, as the Spurs finally ended their losing streak at six games with a 114-97 win over the Phoenix Suns. But this was only the Lakers' second loss in their previous 19 games. The other loss came against the Miami Heat on March 10.
With the six games left on their schedule, the Lakers have precious little time to catch up to the Spurs and overtake them for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs are 58-19, while the Lakers are 55-21. In order to make it back to the NBA Finals, the Lakers will need that home court advantage.
But Los Angeles has had a remarkable run since the All-Star Break. Going into the break, the team had dropped a game to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, and some were wondering if they could still compete at all with the real elites in the league.
Since then, they have silenced a lot of doubters, winning 17 of 19 games and coming back from 8 1/2 games behind the Spurs to close to 2 1/2. The Lakers are also five games shy of winning 60 total, and no Phil Jackson team to win 60 games has ever failed to win the NBA championship.