WIZARDS SEND LAKERS TO NINTH STRAIGHT LOSS
John Wall scored 21 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-92 on Tuesday, sending the once-proud Lakers to their ninth straight loss.
Wall was 8 of 12 from the floor, but just 5 of 12 from the line and did not attempt a 3-pointer. Bradely Beal added 19 points, Otto Porter — who started in place of Paul Pierce — had 12 points in 29 minutes and Marcin Gortat ended with 11 points.
Pierce missed the game with a nagging left toe injury. Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff) and Nick Young (ankle) were out for Los Angeles.
Wayne Ellington had a career-high 28 points for the Lakers and rookie Jordan Clarkson added a career-high 18, who are on their longest losing streak since 1994.
The Wizards trailed by 19 during the second quarter as they came out flat and seemingly unmotivated to paly against one of the more struggling franchises going. But they scored the final six points of the quarter, with Wall going to the bucket for layups twice, and went into the break down 57-46.
Washington used a 12-0 run in the third quarter — punctuated by an ally-oop from Wall to Gortat — to further cut into the deficit and the Lakers clung to a one-point lead at the end of the frame.
Rasual Butler gave the Wizards their first lead of the game since early in the first quarter with a 3-pointer with 10:30 left I the game. But it wasn’t decided until the final two minutes.
Ellington’s reverse layup with 2:21 brought the Lakers within three points. Porter’s put-back off a miss by Nene put the Wiz back up five with 1:56 left. On the next possession, Beal stroked a pull-up and the next trip down Wall made 1 of 2 at the line to seal it. L.A. missed four consecutive shots during the sequence to help matters out.
The Wizards get no time to savor the win, as they take on Phoenix Wednesday night in the last of the four-game West Coast swing.