The Los Angeles Lakers are mired in a losing streak as they were defeated 124-127 by the Washington Wizards at Straples Center on Monday. The Purple and Purple had also lost their previous two games to the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat.
The game had started well for the home team, they were playing better and took the first quarter 33-23. LeBron James was the standout player, contributing 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds.
The Lakers continued to subdue their opponents and built a 51-34 lead (their largest of the game) before taking the second quarter by a 30-26 margin. Montrezl Harrell (26 points, two assists and nine rebounds) was LeBron’s main ally.
But the Wizards, led by Russell Westbrook (32 points, nine assists and 14 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds), fought back to turn the tide and won the fourth quarter 23-31 (86-80 overall).
The third quarter was also taken by the visiting team (29-35) and with an overall score of 115-115 an extra time had to be played.
LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma missed late three-point attempts, Washington were more effective and claimed their fifth win in a row.
At the moment, Los Angeles Lakers are third in the Western Conference with 22 wins and 10 losses.