The Wizards climb their way back from a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Lakers, 119-108. John Wall led the way with 34 points and 14 assists while Otto Porter and Bradley Beal chipped in with 16 a piece as the win gives the Wizards their first Southeastern Division title since 1978-1979.
From the beginning, it looked like the Wizards might run away with this one. Washington started a hot, 11-19 from the field as they took and early 26-15 lead in this one. John Wall had a magnificent first quarter with eight points and five assists but the bench came in and blew the lead as we’d be tied at 27 after one.
The defense hasn’t been a strong suit for the Wizards as of late and we got a glimpse of that in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets for most of the first half. The starters came back in for the Wizards and it looked like they’d regain control however the Lakers ended the quarter with a 15-8 run to take a 58-55 lead into halftime.
That Washington defense, or lack thereof? It was even worse in the third quarter. A combination of poor defensive play from Washington and hot shooting from LA (15-16 from the field in the third quarter) turned this game into a potential blowout as the Lakers stretched the lead to 16, 86-70 late in the third quarter.
However, this time, it was the bench that brought the Wizards back. The bench came in an hit two straight threes to cut into the deficit. Jennings would knock down two free throws as the Wizards started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to four, 101-97. A couple of John Wall steals and layups on the other end and we’d be all tied up at 101 midway through the fourth quarter.
Bradley Beal kept the Wizards alive as he drove baseline and hung in the air for this tough basket.
With the Wizards up one, Washington would run an isolation play for Beal as he’d hit this tough step-back jumper and get fouled.
Wall put the icing on the cake as he hit a tough step-back jumper over D’Angelo Russell to give the Wizards the win.
Washington wins 119-108. The Wizards capture the Southeast Division Title.