The Lakers fell to 5-14 after a 111-95 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The contest marked the first time that the Lakers have lost to the Eastern Conference on the young season, dropping their record to 4-1 against the East.
The game was fairly close for most of the contest, but the young Wizards eventually pulled away in the second half of the 4th quarter with transition buckets and solid defense.
Kobe Bryant was on fire early, torching the Wizards for 15 points in the first quarter and 20 points by halftime. He finished with 29 points on 8-22 shooting. Nick Young also got off to a hot start by burying all 3 of his three pointers in the first half, and finished with 21 points while draining 5 of his 8 threes.
This was perhaps Jeremy Lin's worst game as a Laker, After going scoreless while shooting 0-10 from the floor with 5 assists and 4 turnovers, Byron Scott opted to play Ronnie Price down the stretch instead, who had a decent game, scoring 11 points with 4 assists while not missing a field goal attempt. John Wall was, of course, a tough matchup for Lin, but he was particularly tough to watch tonight.
No shame in dropping this one for the Lakers. The Wizards are a pretty solid East squad, improving to 12-5 on the year. John Wall didn't shoot well, but tallied 17 points and 15 assists. Bradley Beal shot well for the Wizards, finishing with 27 points.
The Lakers will travel to Boston next to take on their old rival, the Celtics, on Friday evening at 4:30 PM PT. The matchup might be a bit sad to watch, with both franchises having fallen so far recently from their historical success.
Let us know what your favorite Lakers/Celtics moment is in the comments, as well as any thoughts you might have about tonight's loss.