Paul George, Thunder rout Lakers as fans dream of him in purple and gold – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — For much of this season, the story of the young Lakers was that they were never blown out, let alone humiliated.

But in the six games they have played without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, opponents have chipped away at that reputation. The Lonzo-less Lakers have lost games by 18, 15, 17 and, after a 133-96 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, a season-worst 37 points.

It was the Lakers’ eighth straight loss. And with the deficit in this one growing to as many as 39 points, fans could cast their eyes wearily toward the future and to a courtside seat, where that hope was represented in a gold jersey with purple stitching.

Shortly after tip-off, Sean Jackson walked onto the floor wearing a customized Lakers No. 13 jersey with Paul George’s name stitched on the back.

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