The Lakers lost to the Wizards on Tuesday. It was their 53rd loss of the season in 74 games. They ended up losing the game by 11 points, 119-108. None of this sounds extraordinary at all. Considering the team’s record after their 10-10 start and the quality of opponent, one might even wonder how the Lakers lost by only 11.
Well, I’ll tell you how. The Lakers led most of this game. They were actually in full control heading into the 4th quarter and it took a 37-13 final frame from Washington to win. You can do the math, then, that the Lakers were ahead by 13 going into the 4th when it all sort of unraveled due to the Wizards turning up their defense, the Lakers missing some open shots, and Tyler Ennis having one of the more rough quarters I have seen for a guy who never got subbed out.
Anyways, that’s the background to the collapse, but the Lakers got to the point where they were comfortably ahead by having one of their best stretches of basketball of the season during the 3rd quarter.
Luke on LAL 3rd Q: “Offensively, it was beautiful. The way the ball moved, not even calling a lot of plays, just reading off each other."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) March 29, 2017
At one point, the Lakers hit 15 straight shots in the period, exploiting holes in the Wizards’ defense all over the floor:
Sometimes things just work.
And, no, the Lakers didn’t win. But much like the game against the Cavs, the Lakers were able to hang tight against a really good team only to be outdone by a superstar on the other team down the stretch. There’s no shame in that, especially for a young team who is still getting used to the jump in intensity which can happen late in games from good teams/superstar players.