The Los Angeles Lakers dug in for another late-game run and came out with a huge 102-99 overtime win over the Washington Wizards this time around. A 12-2 run in the fourth quarter, capped off with Brandon Ingram pulling up to splash a transition jumper, put the Lakers in striking position.
A series of unfortunate events, beginning with Julius Randle missing a gimmie at the rim, gave the Wizards a chance to close the game out. One lone missed free-throw from Bradley Beal down the stretch gave the Lakers a last chance with seconds left on the clock, and Ingram converted his own missed his shot at the rim to ultimately force overtime.
Randle would also redeem himself in a wild fourth quarter, draining a key three to help push the game into overtime, then flushing down a dunk in the final seconds of overtime to seal the victory.
Ingram came alive late (11 points in the fourth quarter), finishing the night with a double-double, scoring a team-high 19 points while pulling in 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 15 points off the bench, sticking with the group that closed out the game.
Bradley Beal led all scorers with 28 points. John Wall scored 18 but struggled to convert down the stretch against a swarming Lakers defense. A swarming Lakers defense. It was a very impressive win from a young Lakers team. Holding Washington to 13 points in the fourth quarter may be their most impressive feat yet as a group, and they were rewarded with a win at the other end of the tunnel.
Also, the throwback Minneapolis jerseys looked great on the court, enough so that they deserve’d their own shout here. Good work, everyone.
The Lakers are off Thursday and host the Toronto Raptors on Friday.