Were some of you watching the same game we were? The Lakers defense was actually quite good for the majority of the game-- Harden went 3/19, lin was held to 8 points, Parsons went 5/16. You can't ask for much more on that side of the floor on a night to night basis.
The problem this time around was defending the glass and the team re-gaining momentum after hack-a-dwight late. That last 6 minute sequence really undid the strides they made tonight.
Exactly. It's like the Lakers lose all energy and inspiration once the hack a Howard starts. Two games in a row now. Once the hack a Howard strategy starts, they need to play harder, not relax.