The Los Angeles Lakers won the first quarter against the Washington Wizards but were taken to the shed through the remainder of a 101-88 blowout loss. The Lakers made a push in the fourth quarter that forced the Wizards to bring their starting lineup back in to close things out, but the outcome was all but wrapped up as they cruised to the final buzzer.
Jordan Clarkson had a quiet night, not finding his first made field goal until mid-way through the fourth quarter. He ended the game with two points on one-of-seven shooting. Kobe Bryant clocked in just over 22 minutes for 17 points, now with just nine games left in his career. Kobe played limited minutes despite the crowd chanting for him, but he sat out the fourth quarter with his eyes set on playing in Utah Monday night.
D'Angelo Russell was considered doubtful heading into the contest but did play on his sprained right ankle. He put up 20 shots for 22 points, along with two assists and three rebounds. Julius Randle went without a double-double, but did score in double-digits with 14 points.
The Lakers lost control of the game through the second and third quarters, combining to score just 32 points between those 24 minutes. John Wall led the way for Washington, scoring a team-high 22 points while dishing out 13 assists.
Los Angeles hits the road to pay a visit to the Utah Jazz in the second-half of this back-to-back set.