Game Recap: Wizards 103 - Lakers 100



The Wizards came back from a 16 point second-half deficit to stun the Lakers, 103-100, on Friday night at Staples Center.

In one of the more exciting fourth quarters of the season that went back and forth, the Wizards made all the plays in the final two minutes and John Wall sank the clutch free throws in the final seconds to secure the win for the Wizards.

The Wizards saw themselves down 97-94 with 2:17 left after Kobe Bryant went 1-2 from the free-throw line, but it was Nene who came back with back-to-back hoops in the paint to give the Wizards the lead back at 98-97. The Wizards would then get stop after stop in the game's final possessions as the Lakers did not record a field goal from the 2:50 mark of the fourth until Bryant hit a desperation three-pointer with two seconds left to cut the Wizards lead to one. John Wall would then hit two free throws to extend the lead to three and Bryant would get one last crack at the tie, but his three pointer at the buzzer clanked off the rim and the Wizards comeback was complete.

The Wizards were down 57-41 at the half, but outscored the Lakers 31-17 in the third quarter to cut the lead to two heading into the fourth. The fourth quarter was a see-saw affair that saw plenty of lead changes, but it was the Wizards who would have the last laugh and come away with the road win.

Wall turned it on in the second half, scoring 18 of his 24 points and dishing out 11 of his 16 assists after halftime. Trevor Ariza knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers and finished with a team-high 25 points in the win. Nene finished with 15, Martell Webster added 13, and Kevin Seraphin put in 12 off the bench.

The Wizards have now won five of six games and two straight on the road.

They now head to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

John Wall

Points: 24

Assists: 16

Steals: 3

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Points: Trevor Ariza - 25

Rebounds: John Wall, Garrett Temple - 6

Assists: Wall - 16

Blocks: Kevin Seraphin and Nene - 2

Steals: Wall - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Win:

“We’ve had some good ones. We beat Miami without John [Wall] and Nene. I’m not discounting this one at all. Obviously coming in here and getting a win is always going to be up there.”

John Wall Postgame

On win:

“One thing coach did a good job of was just telling us get it to like 12 or 10 going into halftime. He told us that we were playing good, we didn’t have too many turnovers tonight and we were playing good, we just couldn’t make shots and they were getting easy shots. They were making tough shots and we weren’t making open shots. Coming out of the 3rd quarter, we just wanted to keep our defense up and running the same plays and same sets. We were able to make shots and make a run and keep getting defensive stops in.”

Trevor Ariza Postgame

On scoring 25 pts:

“I was getting a lot of open shots for one, knocking them down, and also it’s my son’s birthday, turned 5 today.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On win:

“It was a colossal win; it’s awesome, pure joy. We continue to have each other’s back we can do anything. We were down in that first half, mainly because we were getting great looks, we just weren’t making shots and the resilience on defense was, immaculate. So getting stops and running out on the other end, you know, John [Wall] had a great game, Trevor [Ariza], 7 of 12 from the 3 point line, all big shots, great shots and just continue to fight is the most important thing and we showed that tonight. Walking out here with a win is just the ultimate feeling.”