Lakers Gameday

22 - 46
Washington Wizards

36 - 33

Tip-Off: 7:30PM PST

Friday, March 21, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
WAS 33 25 30 29 117
LAL 21 26 34 26 107
Washington Wizards

36 - 33

Wizards End 2-Game Stumble with Win Over Lakers

By Joe Resnick on March 21, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) John Wall had 28 points and 14 assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a heated 117-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Tempers flared with 2:14 remaining and the Wizards ahead 108-98, as Jordan Hill and Nick Young got into a scuffle with Gooden after a battle for a loose ball.

Referees Scott Foster, Mark Ayotte and Nick Buchert went to the video monitor at the scorer's table review, and Gooden was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and was ejected. So was Hill, who received a technical foul. Young also got a technical, but stayed in the game.
Bradley Beal added 18 points for the Wizards, who began this four-game western trip with back-to-back losses to Sacramento and Portland.

Marcin Gortat was back in the lineup, getting 13 points and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes after missing his first game of the season because of pain in his lower back. Nene sat out his 13th in a row with a sprained left knee.

The Wizards are having their best season since 2007-08, when they ended a string of four consecutive playoff berths. They've already surpassed last season's win total by seven with 13 games remaining on the schedule, and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a seven-game lead over the New York Knicks for the final playoff seed.

Young and Jodie Meeks each scored 21 points for the injury-jinxed Lakers, who welcomed Young, Hill and Steve Nash back into the mix and had 12 players in uniform for the first time since March 4.

Coach Mike D'Antoni, unable to play Wesley Johnson because of an upper-respiratory infection, used his 30th different starting lineup with Robert Sacre at center and Pau Gasol shifting to power forward alongside newcomer Kent Bazemore. Gasol had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Nash, who sat out the previous 15 games because of chronic nerve damage in his back that has limited him to 11 appearances all season, had 11 assists and five points in 19 minutes off the bench. On March 13, following an individual workout by Nash at Oklahoma City, D'Antoni told the media that the two-time MVP was done for the season.

Young sat out the previous 11 games and 17 of 18 with a sore left knee, and Hill was sidelined for eight games due to a sore right knee. All three of the returning Lakers ended up on the court at the same time when Nash and Hill reported in with 3:26 left in the first quarter and Los Angeles trailing 24-12.

Trevor Booker's short running jumper gave the Wizards their biggest lead, 72-51, with 7:22 left in the third quarter. Nash reported back in with 3:44 left in the period and orchestrated an 18-7 Lakers run that included seven points by Sacre, whose dunk with 3.3 seconds on the clock narrowed the gap to 88-81.

But Gooden scored 10 of nine of his 11 points during the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, including a putback layup that gave Washington a 103-88 cushion.

Andre Miller beat the horn with a 3-pointer from the left corner in front of the Washington bench, giving the Wizards a 33-21 lead going into the second quarter. Teammate Trevor Ariza, who won a championship ring with the Lakers in 2008-09, didn't make a field goal until his 3-pointer with 1:38 left in the half stretched Washington's margin to 55-40. He finished with 12.

NOTES: The Lakers failed to sell out for the fifth time, drawing 18,112 - 885 short of capacity. ... Nash has played in just three games since his 40th birthday on Feb. 7, when he scored 19 points at Philadelphia. ... C Chris Kaman and G MarShon Brooks suited up for the Lakers, but didn't play. ... Ariza had seven 3-pointers against the Lakers last March 22 at Staples Center. At the time it was a career-high for Ariza, who has bettered that total twice since them - including Feb. 12 at Houston, when he connected 10 times from behind the arc. ... Wall is the only player to start each of the Wizards' first 69 games. No one has started all 82 for them since swingman DeShawn Stevenson in 2007-08. ... The Wizards have won four of the last five meetings with the Lakers after losing nine straight. ... The Lakers have held opponents under 100 just 18 times. The only team that has done it fewer times is Philadelphia (nine). ... The Lakers' only lead came after Meeks made a layup for the first basket of the game.a id="game_notes"

Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers trail the season series with Washington 0-1 after
losing the first meeting on the road in November.

All-Time Series Notes: A loss in the only meeting of the 2011-12 season 3/7/12 ended a
nine-game win streak against the Wizards dating back to 2/3/07... This will be the 182nd
meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers leading the all-time series 116-65…
Over the past 30 years, the Lakers have lost just three season series to Washington
(1975-76 (1-3), 2004-05 (0-2) and 2011-12 (0-1))... The Lakers are 8-2 in their last 10
overall meetings with the Wizards. At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 10-3 all-time
against the Wizards. In Washington, the Lakers have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at
Verizon Center... Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles series record 55 points against Washington
came against the Michael Jordan-led Wizards in March of 2003 at STAPLES Center.

Connections: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak was selected by Washington with
the 13th overall pick in the 19 ... 76 NBA Draft and was a member of the 1977-78 then Bullets
NBA Championship team ... Wizards F Trevor Ariza averaged 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and
1.54 steals in 106 games with the Lakers from 2007-09 and was a starter on the Lakers 2008-
09 Championship Team … Ariza and Lakers G Jordan Farmar both played college basketball locally at UCLA … Lakers G Nick Young played for the Washington Wizards from
2007-2012 … In his last season with the Wizards (2011-12), Young averaged 16.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game … Wizards C Marcin Gortat and Lakers G/F Wesley Johnson were teammates on the Phoenix Suns during the 2012-2013 season… Johnson was
also teammates with Wizards F Martell Webster on the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-2012… Webster was also coached by Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis on the Timberwolves
during the 2010-11 season, when Rambis was the head coach… Washington F Al Harrington and Lakers F/C Jordan Hill were teammates on the New York Knicks during the 2009-
2010 season... Hill was also teammates with Ariza on the Houston Rockets during the 2009-10 season... Ariza was also teammates with Lakers G Xavier Henry and C Chris Kaman on
the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season…Harrington was coached by Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni on the New York Knicks for two seasons, 2008-10…Wizards head
coach Randy Wittman coached current Lakers assistant Mark Madsen on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2007-08 and part of the 2008-09 season ... Wizards F Drew Gooden
played alongside Lakers C Chris Kaman on the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009-10 ... Lakers G Steve Nash played alongside Washington center Marcin Gortat with the Phoenix Suns for
the 2010-2012 season … Lakers G Jodie Meeks and Wizards G John Wall each played for the University of Kentucky ... Gooden and Lakers G Xavier Henry are both alumni of Kansas
University ... Wizards G/F Glen Rice Jr. is the son of Glen Rice, who won an NBA championship with Los Angeles in 1999-2000.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   WAS  
Nick Young
pts John Wall
Pau Gasol
reb Marcin Gortat
Steve Nash
ast John Wall


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Game Starters

  LAL   WAS  
Kendall Marshall g John Wall
Jodie Meeks g Trevor Brooker
Robert Sacre c Marcin Gortat
Pau Gasol f Bradley Beal
Kent Bazemore f Trevor Ariza

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is out
  • Nick Young:
    (sore knee) is out
  • Jordan Hill:
    (knee) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out
  • Chris Kaman:
    (foot) is out

Injury Report - WIZARDS

  • Marcin Gortat:
    (back) is questionable
  • Nene:
    (knee) is out