The Los Angeles Lakers landed their first home win of the season as they made a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Washington Wizards. Before tonight, the Wizards had won five straight in LA. The young Lakers stepped up their defensive game last night as they were able to hold the high-powered Wizards to just 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Lakers were down but went on a 12-2 run capped off by a Brandon Ingram jump shot that tied the game. The Wizards would then score six straight points, but the Lakers immediately responded. With just 12.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Bradley Beal made just one of two free throws, which gave the Wizards a two point lead instead of a three point lead. Ingram then scored on a tip in of his own missed shot with just 0.7 seconds left. Beal then missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer as the clock expired and the game went to overtime.
Overtime went back and forth until Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left which gave the Lakers the lead. With 15 seconds remaining, John Wall was blocked by Julius Randle on a drive to the basket, and after a referee review, they determined it was Laker ball. The Lakers inbounded and that led to a wide-open Randle dunk to seal the game. John Wall would miss a potential game-tying 3-pointer.
The Wizards missed their first seven shots of the game and their final three of the game. Credit goes to the Laker defense as they stepped up. “You have a chance to win if you can play defense,” Laker Head Coach Luke Walton said. “That’s kind of the message that we have been trying to deliver, so it was good to have them actually experience that for themselves in a game.”
Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks had this to say. “Fourth quarter, we did too much standing around. We had more dribbles than passes and it wasn’t good basketball. Give them credit. They outplayed us down the stretch and they deserved the win tonight.”
Brandon Ingram led the Lakers in scoring with 19 points. Rookie sensation, Lonzo Ball, only shot 2-11 from the field and finished with just six points, but he did have eight rebounds and ten assists. Caldwell-Pope added 14 points and Larry Nance Jr. had 18 points and ten rebounds.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 28 points and six rebounds. John Wall had 18 points and nine assists while Otto Porter only had 12 points. The Wizards shot 39-95 (41.1%) from the field including just 6-26 on 3-pointers. Wall and Beal combined went to the free throw line just ten times, compared to the first three games where they went on average 18 times per game. Jason Smith returned from injury and had two points and two rebounds since spraining his right shoulder.
The Wizards continue their west coast tour and play the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, while the Lakers will host the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.