The Wizards remain hot against the Lakers
With the Washington Wizards(29-20) win over the Los Angeles Lakers(17-35) on Thursday night, they now have the second-longest homecourt win streak in franchise history at 16 games.
With the game tied at 91 with 9:10 to play in the final quarter All-Star John Wall heard an odd sound coming from his home arena.
Lots of cheering for the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.
“They kind of just made me mad,” Wall said. “I did what I had to do to get a win for us.”
The cheers for the visiting team fueled Wall and he caught fire in those final 9 minutes, scoring 16 of his 33 to go along with his 11 assists.Propelling Washington to its sixth-straight win (second-longest current streak behind Miami Heat’s 9). Bradley Beal finished with 23, and the Wizards starting five all scored in double figures for an NBA-leading 17th time this season.
Wall wasn’t the only one who noticed the cheers for the visiting team echo in the Verizon Center.
“I’m sick of that,” Beal said. “That’s terrible. I felt like we were on the road today.”
Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 20 points, and Luol Deng and D’Angelo Russell both added 17.The Lakers were outscored 27-15 in the second quarter and Washington had a 14-point lead going into halftime.
“The second quarter was terrible,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said. “We actually came out and played a little better than I thought we would. It’s tough when you fly across the country like that and you kind of expect some early sloppiness and then you expect the guys to clean it up.
Washington’s next game is Saturday where they will look to extend their streaks against the New Orleans Pelicans (19-31).
Lakers visit the Boston Celtics (31-18) tonight.