Lakers fail to sell out for third time this season

The newly engaged actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis attend an NBA basketball game between theNew Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 132 to 125. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The newly engaged actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis attend an NBA basketball game between theNew Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 132 to 125. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Something dreadful happened to the Lakers with actor Ashton Kutcher sitting along courtside at Staples Center. And, no, he wasn’t scheming to involve the Lakers in his past Punk’d series.

The Lakers have experienced plenty of such pranks anyway, their 132-125 loss Tuesday to the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center representing the team’s never-ending struggles with playing defense and building off a short-lived winning streak (two). The Lakers have also failed to attract buzz this season, the loss to New Orleans marking the third time this season they failed to sell out the game this season.

The Lakers drew 18,436 fans, shy of the capacity of 18,997. Incidentally, the Lakers ended their sellout streak for regular-season home games at 270 when they brought 18,426 people at Staples Center for the team’s win over New Orleans on Nov. 12. The Lakers also attracted 18,209 fans in the team’s loss to the Utah Jazz on Feb. 11.

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