A very even first half between the Wizards and Lakers gave way to a very uneven 3rd quarter in the Lakers favor which was the difference tonight in the Lakers 102-96 victory over the Wizards.
The first half was a very tightly contested affair which ended with the Lakers up by 3 on a tough bucket by Metta World Peace to close the half. Both teams were hot in the first half shooting over 50%. Cartier Martin was scorching hot hitting his first five shots to go 5/6 from the field for 15 points in the first half. Jodie Meeks matched him shot for shot for 14 points in the first half as the two bench players dueled. The third quarter was a whole different story for Martin and for the Wizards as they would go ice cold and only score 14 points to fall behind by 14 as Bryant got hot. The fourth quarter saw the Wizards claw back into it and cut it to 3 but ultimately it would not be enough.
The game was a tale of two halves for the Wizards as they shot over 50% in the first half but ultimately would only shoot 43% for the game. The Wizards outrebounded Howard and the Lakers 48-43 and outscored the Lakers in the paint 46-44 but turned the ball over 19 times which led to 26 Lakers points. Martin scored a season high 21 points, Nene and Webster both had 17 and Seraphin had 16 to lead Washington. Bryant led all scorers with 30 points on 9/29 shooting and Jodie Meeks came off the bench for a season high 24. Howard had a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards.
The road gets no easier for the Wizards as they head to Miami to try to win their 4th straight against the Heat on Saturday night.