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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Wizards – Game 76 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (44-33)  |  Washington Wizards (15-62)

 

Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Wizards in our nation’s capital. The Lakers beat the Raptors behind stellar team performance from three, giving Toronto their 14th straight loss in a  128-111 win.

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their road trip on Wednesday night, taking on the Washington Wizards in a must-win game.

With only a handful left in the regular season, every game is vital for the Lakers from here on out, as evidenced by LeBron James and Anthony Davis both suiting up on the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday.

The Lakers took on the Wizards and were looking to end their road trip with an impressive 5-1 record. It took overtime to beat the Wizards a few weeks ago in L.A., but that wasn’t the case in this one, as the Lakers took care of business to earn a 125-120 victory in the nation’s capital.

James had a productive night with 25 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists. He also became tenth on the Lakers‘ all-time assist list.

Rui Hachimura played well against his former team, ending the matchup with 19 points on 9-12 shooting.

The Lakers are now 11 games above .500.

Davis was questionable to play on Wednesday but suited up against the Wizards. He had an early scare, getting elbowed in the eye, which was dangerous given the corneal abrasion he suffered last month, causing him to exit the game against the Warriors.

 

Lakers vs Wizards First Quarter:

 

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Washington came out firing, with Deni Avdija and Jordan Poole drilling back-to-back triples. Meanwhile, Hachimura got the Lakers on the board with a midrange jumper in his first game back in Washington since they traded him to L.A. last year.

The Wizards’ 3-point shooting was an issue early, though, as they could not miss, making their first six attempts to jump out to a 19-8 lead.

The Lakers took a much-needed timeout and responded well with four straight points and back-to-back triples by D’Angelo Russell. After layups by Austin Reaves and James, the Lakers’ run extended to 16-2 to take their first lead.

Anthony Davis took an elbow to the eye, which has happened a lot lately, but he was able to shake it off and go to work down low to extend L.A.’s lead.

While the Wizards cooled down from deep considerably, Poole stayed hot to keep his team in it. Davis continued his dominance, though he was fouled on a 3-pointer to end the quarter, giving the Lakers a 39-29 lead.

 

Lakers vs Wizards 2nd Quarter:

 

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Davis didn’t start the second quarter on the court, however, as he headed back to the locker room. With Davis out, the Lakers’ offense got sloppy as both teams ran up and down the floor, exchanging buckets. The Wizards cut the deficit to four points, and Lakers head coach Darvin Ham was forced to call a timeout.

Ham had high praise for Hachimura and acknowledged that he’s playing some of his best basketball, “He understands what time it is. It’s a sensitive time for us in terms of our positioning and, again, trying to secure a spot in the postseason, and he knows everyone needs to play their best basketball at this moment in time. So he’s definitely taken up that mantle and really is putting his best foot forward for us, and it’s been very beneficial.

Midway through the quarter, Davis returned, and the Lakers settled down. Los Angeles entered the halftime break leading 67-60.

 

Lakers vs Wizards 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Lakers opened the game in the third quarter, going on a 13-5 run. They got hot from 3-point range, with Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, and D’Angelo Russell all hitting from downtown.

Washington was held to just 26 points in the quarter, and the Lakers held an 18-point lead entering the fourth.

Poole was the only Wizard that didn’t cool off as he was scoring in a variety of ways. They had no answer for Davis, however, as he beat the buzzer with a dunk to give the Lakers a 101-86 lead going into the fourth.

 

Lakers vs Wizards 4th Quarter:

 

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The Wizards went on a 15-0 run early in the fourth quarter, getting right back into the game as the Lakers missed a lot of makable shots.

With a double-digit lead in hand, Davis started the fourth on the bench, which is standard for the Lakers. The goal was to maintain the lead and never need to bring Davis back into the game.

Unfortunately, the Wizards went on a run, and not only did Davis have to return, but the Lakers were suddenly in a close game as Washington got within two points midway through the fourth.

James responded with an emphatic dunk, Davis converted on a pair of free throws, and the Lakers went on a 12-0 run, essentially ending the game.

With 1:44 left, James and Davis’ services were no longer needed, and the Lakers emptied the bench. Washington went on an 11-2 run, and suddenly, Ham had to bring the starters back in for a final defensive stop.

The Lakers held on to come away with the 125-120 win.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will return home to Crypto.com Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, April 6th, at 12:30 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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