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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Wizards – Game 61 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (33-28) | Washington Wizards (9-50)

 

It was the Lakers vs the Wizards from the Crypto.com Arena on Thursday afternoon. LeBron James’ heroics lifted the Los Angeles Lakers over the Washington Wizards for their 13th straight loss with a 134-131 overtime victory.

 

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It wasn’t the prettiest victory, but a win nonetheless for the Los Angeles Lakers as they defeated the Washington Wizards 134-131 in overtime. They improved to 33-28, now 1.5 games behind the Sacramento Kings.

We’re in a race right now, and we’re continuously just trying to get better, work on ourselves and get healthy,” Anthony Davis said. “And while doing it, staying in the fight, staying in the hunt.”

Davis was key in this one, totaling 40 points (14-of-22 FGs, 12-of-13 FTs), 15 rebounds, and three blocks. It’s the fourth 40-point game of the season for Davis, including the IST Final.

Tonight I tried to come out and be aggressive and make sure we get the win,” said Davis.

LeBron James co-starred with 31 points (12-of-24 FGs, 2-of-5 3s, 5-of-7 FTs) and nine assists. His five-point swing in overtime saved the game. D’Angelo Russell followed suit with 22 points (9-of-21 FGs, 4-of-11 3s), six rebounds, and five assists.

We had to get some stops, and we had to execute offensively,” James said. “Not turn the ball over. It’s a tough league, and after last night’s victory, we had to come in against a young, scrappy team that’s not playing for much, just playing hard, a lot of speed, a lot of youth, and obviously it took us 53 minutes to get the job done.”

James is now nine points shy of becoming the first player in NBA history to score 40,000.

For the Wizards, Jordan Poole was electric off the bench, leading the squad with 34 points (13-of-26 FGs, 5-of-12 3s) and seven assists, fellow reserve Corey Kispert poured in 20 points (8-of-15 FGs, 2-of-7 3s), six rebounds, and six assists, and Marvin Bagley III led the starters with 23 points (11-of-14 FGs) and two blocks.

I thought it was great,” Wizards coach Brian Keefe said. “We talked about playing closer to 48 minutes of basketball consistently, and I thought our guys played 53 minutes tonight. We played the whole game. Our guys played hard, consistent, shared the ball, did the things we were asking the whole game. Just didn’t get the win.”

 

Lakers vs Wizards First Quarter:

 

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The Lakers were down 27-21 with 2:53 remaining in the first quarter. It was a disappointing start even with it being the second night of a back-to-back. The Wizards were on a 9-2 run over the past two minutes since Taurean Prince and Spencer Dinwiddie checked in.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers bounced back to outscore Washington 10-7, however, they still trailed 34-31. Davis already had 10 points, five rebounds and one block. Los Angeles was shooting 52.2 percent but their defense was subpar. The Wizards’ bench came in and outplayed the Lakers.

 

Lakers vs Wizards Second Quarter:

 

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Davis was getting gobs of touches against the smaller Wizards, and it was paying off, with 22 points already on 6-of-9 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs. Los Angeles, trailing by as many as nine, finally tied the game at 65 on a Dinwiddie 3 late in the second period.

At halftime, the Lakers had a 70-69 lead. Los Angeles outscored Washington 20-11 over the final 4:22 of the second quarter. Davis was a beast with 24 points and eight rebounds. Both Bagley III and Richaun Holmes had three fouls already.

 

Lakers vs Wizards Third Quarter:

 

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After giving up 69 points in the first half to Washington, the Lakers wanted to come out strong defensively in the third but allowed a 6-0 Wizards run to fall behind by five. Davis and James responded with back-to-back buckets to get back within a point.

We know the Wizards offer little defensive resistance at the rim, and Davis took full advantage, up to 32 points on 11-of-18 FGs, including eight field goals in the paint. Los Angeles led 94-89 with 2:24 left in the third.

It wasn’t a great third period for the Lakers, but they held Washington to 26 points after allowing 34 and 35 in the first and second, respectively. Los Angeles led 99-95 with 12 minutes to play. Davis was exhausted by the end of that third quarter, carrying a heavy load on both sides of the ball.

 

Lakers vs Wizards Fourth Quarter:

 

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The Lakers headed to overtime for the first time since the double-overtime thriller at Golden State on January 27th. They’re now 3-1 on the season, with the other victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on November 1st and the loss at Sacramento on October 29th.

An incredible sequence from James in overtime, as he had a chase-down block on Poole in transition, and then he drilled a stepback 3 over Kyle Kuzma to tie the game. A five-point swing.

Los Angeles held a 134-131 lead with 17.3 seconds to play, unable to convert extra chances created by offensive rebounds from both Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves on the last two trips. However, they lucked out, as the Wizards didn’t have enough left in the tank.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will now take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2nd, at 5:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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