First came the good news for Kobe Bryant on the NBA's favorite holiday.
He made it this far, his 20th and final Christmas Day with the Lakers. He had 12 points Friday, made a handful of shots and didn't get injured.
Now for the bad stuff — pretty much everything else that's happened to his team.
Despite a fourth-quarter rally, the Lakers lost to the Clippers an eighth straight time, 94-84, in a designated Lakers home game at Staples Center.
Bryant's name was chanted late in the game but, symbolic of the times, he stayed on the bench while the second-stringers tried to cap a comeback from a 28-point deficit.