(SB Nation Los Angeles, Eric Stephen) Away from home, the Los Angeles Lakers are a terrible basketball team. They blew an 18-point lead in the second half Wednesday night, falling 106-101 to the terrible Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak the Lakers had over Wizards (9-29). The loss dropped the Lakers' road record to 6-14 on the season.
The Lakers (23-16) led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, and held an 83-70 lead late in the quarter. Washington used a 17-0 run into the fourth quarter to take the lead, and pretty much played from ahead for most of the final period.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lead the Lakers, but shot just nine for 31 on the night. Kobe had made just 17 of 57 shots (29.8%) in the first two games of the Lakers' three-game road trip. Pau Gasol added 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 39.5% on the night.
Trevor Booker scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Wizards, and Jamal Crawford added 14 points. JaVale McGee had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, who shot 46.7% from the field.
The Lakers conclude their brief three-game road trip Friday night in Minnesota.