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Game Recap: Lakers Show Some Fight, But Are Unable To Defeat Wizards

Riding a three-game losing streak heading into Friday’s game with the Washington Wizards, the Los Angeles Lakers saw the return of Jordan Hill, Steve Nash and Nick Young. Despite the addition of the healthy bodies, the Lakers were unable to put an end to their losing streak.

First Quarter

The Lakers missed easy opportunities and the Wizards made them pay with early 3-pointers from Bradley Beal and John Wall, and easy baskets in the paint to jump out to an early 15-6 lead. The Lakers struggles were epitomized on one possession when Pau Gasol missed three put-backs. The Wizards capitalized on Laker turnovers and blown defensive assignments to hold a 12-point lead at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

Xavier Henry and Young attempted to get the Lakers back in the game, but defensive lapses prevented them getting close. The Wizards held a double-digit lead through the second quarter and led by as many as 16 points. Hill provided a boost for the Lakers off the bench, finishing the half with nine points and nine rebounds. John Wall was one of three Wizards to score 11 points in the first half and he led the team with nine assists as the Wizards had a 58-47 lead going into halftime.

Third Quarter

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Hill’s energetic play in the first half earned him the start in the third quarter, but the Lakers offense continued to struggle while the Wizards picked up where they left off and opened the half on a 10-3 run. Trailing by 21 points, the Lakers put together a six-point spurt to get within 15 points but then had three consecutive possessions that ended with a turnover. The Lakers used an 18-6 run to close out the quarter to cut their deficit down to six points.

Fourth Quarter

The Wizards used a quick start in the fourth quarter to combat the momentum the Lakers generated at the end of the third and regained control of the game. Young made a 3-pointer to get the Lakers within eight points, but the Wizards responded with an 11-4 run. Despite strong play from Nash, who logged 19 minutes and handed out 11 assists, and a combined 42 points from Young and Jodie Meeks, the Lakers were unable to overcome Wall’s 28 points and 14 assists, and fell to the Wizards, 117-107.

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  • e3bonz

    I thought the lack of team play at the start, really set the pace of playing catch-up. They did get better as the game progressed, but the Wizards answered all the Lakers runs will runs of their own. Good to see Nash and Swaggy P in the game again.

  • X

    The Lakers can’t afford to win another game if they hope to land top 3 pick. Jazz currently have the same total win as the Lakers while Celtics are just a win more than the Lakers.
    Bottom 3 almost certain now with Buck, Philly and Magic are not interested in winning a single game from their remaining games. Jazz also showing sign that they don’t want to win anymore in order to secure bottom 4 spot.
    The next game is Magic. If the Lakers win, there is a big possibility that the Lakers won’t get top 5 pick which mean NO Embiid, Wiggins, Parker, Exum and Smart (Randle or Vonleh depending on the team above the Lakers).

    If the Lakers FO is smart, they will ask MDA to tank the remaining games and get a future fanchise player out of this misarable season. Or be stupid and be satisfy with a role player.

    • stfu x


    • TTKIN

      Just cuz they have worst records doesnt mean they get a better pick. Notice how bobcats never got a 1st pick despite finishing last every yr. Notice how the bulls drafted DRose first overall despite not having the worst record. Read up on this stuff before posting.

  • Jr.

    Out of all she said. She didn’t say anything except what others had in mind. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO JEANIE??? Top of the food chain and your eating out the bowl at the bottom. You have no say. The season shows it. Forget the injuries. You get people that play at a high level. Last I checked the nba is professional ball. Not a junior varsity show. Hold that for PRACTICE. Ask AI he knows about practice. She has no clue what she’s doing, it’s clear in all the uh uh um uh ums she put out there. Kobe was right. Hard days being a laker fan.

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