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The L.A. Lakers set a franchise record for the most losses in a season for the third straight year after a second defeat in as many nights against the L.A. Clippers.

Per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN), the Lakers are the first team to do this since the Detroit Pistons managed it from 1957 to 1960.

With a 91-81 win, the Clippers handed their rivals a 62nd loss and that record could still get worse with four games left to play.

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It's the icing on the cake in a forgettable campaign for the franchise that has seen problems both on and off the court.

This isn't the way Kobe Bryant deserves to be ending an amazing 20-year career in the NBA, but after his penultimate home game in a Lakers uniform, the 37-year-old chose to disregard the team's losing record.

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"It's hard for people to understand this, but losing is losing," said Bryant after the game. "There aren't different degrees of losing, not in my mind. You either win a championship or you're s---. It's very black and white to me.

"So whether you set a franchise record for losses or you get to the playoffs and lose in the Western Conference finals, those are the same damn things to me. A lot of people probably don't understand that, don't get that, and that's fine, but for me, they're all the same. So you either win a championship or you're in the same boat we're in."

The Lakers have lost 178 games in the last three seasons; only the Philadelphia 76ers have lost more over that period, per ESPN.

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Apart from the retiring Bryant and a handful of other players, the team is short on veterans and is filled with young and inexperienced players who are still adapting to the demands of the NBA.

Coach Byron Scott believes it's a lesson that his young players will learn from in order to be competitive in the league.

"You take away some of the veterans that we had last year and you plug in these young guys that haven't played on this level, it's a different story," Scott said, via ESPN. "They're learning, and it's hard. When we had the veteran guys, they know how to compete every single night.

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"They've been in the league for a while. These young guys, they don't know how to do that every night. That's what they're learning how to do, is to bring that intensity that we talked about earlier today."

The moment Lakers fans were dreading is slowly creeping up on them, Kobe Bryant's final NBA game. The Black Mamba will take to the Staples Center floor one last time against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

As with almost every home game he has played since announcing his retirement, but more so than ever, the fans will be clamouring for Bryant to take as many shots and score as many points as possible on the final occasion he dons the purple and gold uniform. The man himself, as he has done all his career, will be happy to oblige.

"I feel bad for the other guys, because every time they shoot the ball, they get booed," Bryant said. "But, no, I can feel that and I understand that. I just try to get my body ready as much as possible to try to give the fans what they want for these last few games. And God willing, I'm healthy and I can move and I can play well enough and I can give them what they came to see one more time."

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