Brandon Ingram scores 19 points as the Lakers overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Wizards in overtime, 102-99.
Bradley Beal led the way for Washington with 28 points while John Wall chipped in with 18 as the Wizards were looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 1978.
This should serve as a wakeup call for the Wizards who’ve been sloppy in every game thus far but it didn’t come back to bite them until tonight.
Washington gets complacent late
Washington led 85-75 in the fourth quarter with just minutes to play and that’s when the wheels fell off. A Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sparked a 10-0 run by Los Angeles. Brandon Ingram, who’s been heavily criticized during the beginning of his career, came up huge for the Lakers as he hit shot after shot including a putback tip-in to tie the game at 92 with .7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
In the overtime period with the Wizards down one, Washington couldn’t foul the Lakers who played hot potato with the ball, ending the possession with a dunk on the other end in a pathetic defensive effort with the game on the line.
The Wizards were in classic ‘flip the switch mode’ tonight playing defense like it was game 79 of the season and they’d already locked up the 4-seed. Only tonight, it finally caught up with them.
Bradley Beal has taken his one-on-one moves to another level
Bradley Beal always seems to add something new to his offensive arsenal. It looks like Beal’s emphasis this offseason was a step-back jumper as well as a turnaround and we got a front row seat tonight. The sharpshooter often lulled his defender to sleep only to use one of these new moves to knock down the shot.
He also wasn’t letting Lonzo Ball have it on the defensive end.
- Jason Smith returned to the court this evening after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.
- Ian Mahinmi didn’t play in the second half after rolling his ankle (this signing keeps getting worse and worse).
- Although both players played well, the Wall-Ball matchup didn’t live up to the hype as neither playing really got going until the second half. Additionally, they didn’t guard each other after the first half.
- Wall looks scary as ever with a full and healthy offseason under his belt:
The Wizards head to Golden State to take on Kevin Durant and the Warriors on Friday.