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Game Recap: Late Turnovers Cost Lakers Fourth Straight Victory

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After a 100-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers look to extend their winning streak to four in Washington. With a three-game road trip, the Lakers are without Chris Kaman for the third straight game while the Wizards will be without Bradley Beal. For the Lakers to go over the .500 mark and extend their streak, they will need to move the ball on offense and continue their strong defensive effort.

First Quarter

Both teams struggled early, but good ball movement for the Lakers created two consecutive three-pointers by Wes Johnson and Jodie Meeks to give them a 8-6 lead. However, the Lakers were sloppy with the basketball and the Wizards were able to get easy opportunities in the paint. Nene capitalized on the Lakers’ poor defense with 12 points on 6-8 shooting. As a whole, the Wizards could not miss as they shot 73.3 percent from the field. Fortunately for the Lakers, they were 6-9 from behind the arc to keep it within reach. After the first quarter, the Lakers trailed 31-29.

Second Quarter

Both teams continued to play to their strengths as the Wizards exploited the Lakers in the paint and Los Angeles continued making their three-pointers. Every time the Wizards were looking to extend their lead, the Lakers’ bench was able keep the deficit within one possession. Midway through the quarter, the Lakers went on an 11-2 run to lead by 3 points. However, the Wizards began making perimeter shots and regained the lead by 5 with two minutes remaining. To end the quarter, the Wizards were able to extend the lead to 7 before a much needed three by Wes Johnson. At the end of the first half, the Lakers trailed the Wizards 59-55.

Third Quarter

The Lakers scored the first five points of the quarter and regained the lead at 60-59. While Steve Blake kept the Lakers in the game, Los Angeles gave up numerous offensive rebounds and fastbreak opportunities to lose the lead. Midway through the quarter, both teams are tied at 71 apiece and went back and forth. To end the quarter, the Wizards capitalized on Laker turnovers to extend their lead to 7 once again. With a Nick Young layup to end the quarter, the Lakers trailed 82-77.

Fourth Quarter

On the first possession of the fourth, Xavier Henry made a three pointer to cut the lead down to 2. However, the Wizards responded with two straight threes to push the lead back to 8. Midway through the quarter, the Wizards committed a clear path foul on Jordan Farmar where he only converted one free throw, but Young made a three on the same possession to cut the lead to 2.

With less than three minutes, Farmar scored five straight points and a nice post move by Gasol lifted the Lakers by 1. However, John Wall responded with a jumper and the Lakers had two costly turnovers, including a 24 shot clock violation. With less than 30 seconds left, Wall made two free-throws to push the lead back to 5.

Gasol was able to complete the and-1 on the following possession and Wall missed a free-throw. With 18.1 seconds left, the Lakers had an opportunity to tie the game, but Young missed the shot.


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  • e3bonz

    Seven Lakers in double figures and still a loss, turnovers killed us.

  • Jim213

    Farmar almost pulled it off (credit to Farmar). But aside of Gasol and Blake who lost the game today the coach AGAIN gets the blame. Pau and Blake were making too many TO’s in the 3rd qtr (donations) yet during most of the qtr Blake remained on the floor. Should’ve put farmar in who had the hot hand and overall better game today (+ ball management).

    • hookedonnews

      All that being said, the game might have been won if Steve Nash had been on the floor at the end of that game. That’s why this team needs Nash. There would have been no 24 second shot-clock violation or critical turnover. Farmar plays more like a shooting guard than a PG. He played well, but he’s not the guy you want with the ball in his hands at the end of the game. Blake had a good night shooting and made some good plays, but I agree that he has too many TO’s. I don’t know how many he had last night, but he had 5 the game before. There was also a defensive lapse with that last Nene basket after a great play on him right before that. This was a winnable game. Once Nash & Kobe are back, we should win these kind of games.

      • Jim213

        You mean inconsistent Nash, he’s already been out longer than expected aside of having limited minutes. ?! IMO, needs to be traded…

        • hookedonnews

          I mean the Nash who was on the floor at the end of the Rockets game who changed the play and helped set the screen to give Blake that open shot. Nash has not been inconsistent in his playmaking, passing, and game management this season. His shooting was below average probably due to limited minutes and rusty because of summer rehab. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s the guy you want on the floor with the game on the line. Yes, he’s out, and none of this matters if he can’t come back healthy. I don’t think he’ll be traded. These health issues have to be resolved before that could happen. If he’s healthy, don’t see him going anywhere especially with the limited cap space that’s going to be available in 2014.

  • Lakers Fan

    We lost because of two things: Turnovers and atrocious defense. Look, we can not make this into a trend. We have a couple of games playing great defense, then we go on the road and play the way we played tonight. We can’t always outscore the other team. That will be a recipe for disaster if that is our game plan. D’Antoni should have stayed with the hot hand tonight which was Farmar. Gasol got annihilated by NeNe, our fastbreak defense was terrible, we gave up a bunch of points on second chance shots, and we turned the ball over way too much. It’s all about effort. We can’t take our foot off the pedal whether we are at home or on the road. If they can’t commit themselves to playing defense on a nightly basis, Kobe’s return won’t matter since scoring is not the issue.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      The things you mentioned… hustle and defense, how is that MDA’s fault. It’s a different thing when you go on the road, the home team usually have great energy. Lakers just have to match it. And they didn’t this game.

      • Lakers Fan

        I didn’t blame MDA for that. I blamed him for not keeping Farmar in the game, who had the hot hand. Blake played well, but he had 3 key turnovers one which caused us the game.

        • hookedonnews

          Farmar is just as prone to turnovers as Blake. Farmar got a lot of minutes last night and was in the game at the end.

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t think outscoring the other team is the plan, although that does = wins if you can pull it off. D’Antoni has made clear that defense is important. I don’t agree that Kobe’s return won’t make a difference. No one scores at the level he does on a consistent basis. There’s also the fact that he’s going to draw more than one defender most of the time, opening up things for his teammates. Then there are those games where he just takes the team on his back and wins pretty much all by himself. Yes, Kobe will make a big difference. This team hasn’t played well on the road. I think that’s the bigger factor rather than a lack of commitment to playing defense. They just don’t seem to have the energy on the road that they have at home.

  • Daryl Peek

    Between Farmar and Gasol handling the ball Blake was in defer mode as PG. Blake did a good job scoring but he serves this team better as main facilitator. The offense is more fluid like that. The defense was piss poor by everyone. The biggest disappointment was the effort on the boards. We usually grab 45 and win that battle.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Sad.

  • Gregory Choa

    For me this was just another one of those close games, in a hostile environment, where the Lakers could’ve used Kobe’s 4th quarter resolve and scoring to help get the team the win. All in all, I really didn’t think it was all that bad an effort…yes, the turnovers hurt and, yes, Nene and John Wall ran roughshod over us, but they’ve been doing that to a couple of teams lately…the Lakers aren’t alone here. When Jordan Hill got into early foul trouble, and as Nene was really starting to assert himself in the first half, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Sacre get a little burn.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers are now 1-5 on the road this season,road woes continued last night.Now off to Brooklyn for a game this evening.Brooklyn in the house is what my friends from New York always say,well tonight it’s LA in the house LOL.Lakers have got to match the energy and intensity on the road of the home team.Playing on the road is very tough i know that but it’s a challenge the Lakers must accept and conquer.

    Go Lakers!

    • Gregory Choa

      D’Antoni said it best after the win against the Kings before hitting the road, “when you can win on the road (with regularity), that’s when you’re a good team.”

      This Lakers team is not there yet…it’s coming though!

  • Lakers4Life

    Tonight’s loss was due to too many TOs and Dumbtoni suddenly mixing up the solid rotation over the last few games and putting Blake and Farmar in at the same time — what a faggot! Time to remove Mr. Pringles so that he can keep saying “Let’s Go!” at home in front of his TV while eating pringles.

  • hookedonnews

    Let’s face it. This team just isn’t a great road team. However, once Nash (hopefully) and Kobe get back we should win games like this. They won’t add to the defense, but Kobe will get his 20/30+ points, and Nash will be on the floor at the end of games to direct the offense. I think we forget sometimes who’s actually out there on the floor. I’m pretty sure everyone expected this team to have a record similar to the Nets or the Jazz. Blake needs to eliminate the turnovers, but he’s shooting well from 3. Thought Farmar had a great game also.

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