After dropping the first two games of their west coast trip, the Wizards got back in the win column with a 117-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center.
John Wall was tremendous right from the start, tallying nine assists in the first quarter which really set the tone for the night. He finished with 28 points and 14 assists for the game and made all the big plays when the team needed him most.
The Wizards were in command for nearly the entire night and built their lead to as much as 21 in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers would go on a run and get as close to seven in the fourth, but the Wizards would hit free throws down the stretch to seal the deal and notch their 36th win of the season.
After sitting out last night with a back injury, Marcin Gortat returned to the starting lineup and notched a double-double, with 13 points and 13 boards to go along with his five blocks.
Drew Gooden continued his stellar play by tallying his first double-double as a Wizard, finishing with 11 points and 11 boards off the bench.
Bradley Beal finished with 18 points on 4/6 from 3-point range, Al Harrington chipped in with 15 points, Trevor Ariza had 12 points, while Trevor Booker ended with 10. The Wizards had seven players in double figures.
With 4:48 left in the first, John Wall stole the ball from Nick Young and went in for the highlight-reel dunk. This play set the tone for the rest of the game.
Player of the Game
John Wall played outstanding in this one and hit clutch shot after clutch shot when the Lakers were trying to make a run to get back into the game. It was his second straight game with 14 assists.
5. Marcin Gortat returned to the lineup and had a season-high 5 blocks and was a force in the middle.
Drew Gooden is turning into one of the better NBA success stories of the season as tonight he continued his fine play with his first double-double as a Wizard. He had 11 points and 11 boards.
By: Jeremy Hyman