How often have a better Lakers team beat and up and coming team.
Stop being a homer. We are young and other teams can turn it up and we can't yet.
That excuse doesn't hold when you've completely outplayed the other team in the 1st half and then go away from what was working after halftime. It's one thing to be blown out by a clearly better team that has controlled the pace of the entire game. It's another to collapse completely in a matter of minutes due to a lack of sticking with fundamentals on the defensive end.
It wasn't a neck-and-neck and then the Hornets pulled away late. This team collapsed, plain and simple.