LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bradley Beal scored six of his 33 factors on three consecutive possessions late in additional time, and the Washington Wizards prolonged their longest successful streak in three years to 5 straight with a 127-124 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers on Monday evening.
Russell Westbrook scored six of his 32 factors in additional time for the Wizards, who rallied from a 17-point deficit within the second half. Washington then took benefit of a missed free throw by LeBron James late in regulation and went on to its first win over the Lakers at Staples Middle since March 2017.
“It feels totally different, in an effective way,” Beal stated of the Wizards’ spectacular five-game run in opposition to Boston, Houston, Denver, Portland and the Lakers. “It feels nice, however on the identical time, we nonetheless haven’t achieved a rattling factor. We notice that, and we hold telling one another that. We’ve nonetheless acquired dangerous habits we have to break, however we don’t low cost what we did.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in additional time to trim the Wizards’ result in 125-124. Westbrook made a layup earlier than lacking a free throw, however James and Kyle Kuzma missed late 3s earlier than the buzzer.
“It’s been powerful, however we’ve been sticking collectively,” Westbrook stated of the Wizards, who began the season 6-17. “That’s the principle factor. Should you get caught up with every part else happening, groups and gamers have a tendency to return aside, however we’ve been sticking collectively and speaking on how you can turn out to be a greater crew, and it’s been paying off for us.”
James had 31 factors, 13 assists and 9 rebounds for the Lakers, who struggled within the second half of their fourth loss in 5 video games.
After carrying the Lakers again within the fourth quarter, James made a tying layup with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, however missed the following free throw to place LA forward. Beal missed a protracted jumper on the buzzer.
Montrezl Harrell had a season-high 26 factors and 9 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who’ve misplaced three straight for the primary time this season — not coincidentally throughout three consecutive video games with out Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder.
“It takes an entire crew to collectively get wins, and proper now we’ve two of our important rotation guys out,” stated Kuzma, who had 14 factors. “Clearly there’s no excuses. You don’t wish to lose to an under-.500 crew like that, however that is the NBA and anyone can win. We simply need to determine it out.”
Davis missed his fourth straight sport, and the All-NBA large man is out for not less than three extra weeks with a calf harm. Schröder will miss not less than yet one more sport beneath the NBA’s well being and security protocols.
Wizards: Washington hadn’t gained even 4 consecutive video games since its final five-game successful streak in February 2018. … Former Lakers C Moe Wagner had six factors, and former Lakers swingman Isaac Bonga didn’t play.
Lakers: Marc Gasol transformed a four-point play within the first quarter. He completed with seven factors in 27 minutes. … Caldwell-Pope scored 21 factors.
THE KING’S MINUTES
The 36-year-old James performed over 43 minutes in the course of the Lakers’ fourth additional time sport in 17 days, all of them at dwelling in opposition to groups with shedding information.
James is third within the NBA in complete minutes, with over 200 greater than anybody else on the Lakers’ roster. He insists the workload doesn’t hassle him, even after studying he’ll need to go to the All-Star Recreation as an alternative of resting up.
“It’s one thing I’ve achieved earlier than,” James stated. “I can proceed to do it, however I might a lot somewhat us be complete.”
Wizards: On the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
Lakers: On the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
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