Highlights: Wizards 116, Lakers 111
The Wizards withstood a three-point shooting barrage, and the emotional letdown of Bradley Beal not being in the lineup to win their second game in a row at Verizon Center in front of 19,204 Tuesday.
It also was the fourth win in five games as the Wizards controlled the game through the post with Nene, who had a career-high 30 points on 13-for-22 so lead 59-55 at halftime. Martell Webster scored nine of his 20 in the fourth quarter. John Wall scored 13 points in the fourth.
Webster, who had started for Trevor Ariza at small forward the last five games, was expected to come off the bench again. Beal's injury, however, put him back in. Except Ariza was at shooting guard with Webster still at small forward.
The Wizards (6-8) overcame the red-hot shooting of the Lakers (7-8), who had eight players score their first 40 points.
The Lakers shot 57.5% in the first half, making 8 of 13 three-point shots. But the Wizards dominated on the boards with a 22-10 rebound edge.
Former Wizards guard Nick Young kept the Lakers in it. He scored six of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. He missed a three-point shot that could've tied it at 114 but Nene forced the misfire.
Wall made consecutive jump shots when Jordan Farmar went underneath on the pick-and-rolls and two free throws.
Turning point: The Lakers regained the lead at 108-107 when Pau Gasol made a drop step to get around Nene with 1:54 left for a layup. The Wizards made a 6-0 run behind Wall and Nene.
Best in show: Wall. It was his third consecutive 30-plus point game. He had a game-high 31 on 10-for-18 shooting, nine assists and three steals. Most importantly, he closed in the fourth quarter. He made 3 of 4 shots, making all the mid-range jumpers when the Lakers went under the screen, and 7 of 8 free throws.
Key stat: The Wizards had 15 steals, plus-11 in the category for a 21-7 edge in fast-break points.
Little production: Bench scoring continued to be an issue was Garrett Temple, Eric Maynor and Jan Vesely played the most significant minutes and only combined for seven points on 3-for-10 shooting. Maynor, however, did hit a key three-pointer with 9:25 left in the fourth to stake the Wizards a 91-82 lead.
Debut: Chris Singleton, who practiced for the first time Monday, played the last 1:05 seconds of the second quarter. It was his first action since he had surgery on his left foot. He didn't register a statistic but his appearance was a bit surprising.
DNP: Rookie Glen Rice, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin didn't play. Al Harrington (right knee) and Bradley Beal (right leg) were inactive.
From the locker room: "There wasn't a lot of defense played in this game. From an offensive standpoint, both teams shot the ball extremely well. ... They had a big advantage from the three over us. We wanted to do a better job with that. I thought we did a better job covering the three in the second half. ... It was anyone's game down the stretch and we made some plays." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman
"It was a battle. We know this team is a young and hungry team looking to get out and run. They're surrounded by shooters. They surround their point guards with shooters. Even their point guard (Steve Blake) being a shooter himself. We did a good job of contesting and forcing them to take bad shots. Those are the things that we practice and tonight they paid off for us." -- Webster
"What matters is the victory. It doesn't matter if I score 30 points and lose the game. If we win, everybody wins. That's our mentality now." -- Nene
"They did a good job. Give them credit where they put their players. They put guys deep in the corner and had a hard roll man. Nene was making plays in the middle and when he helped, he was making the right play and they were knocking down threes. So they put us in tough spots all night. They made plays down the stretch, but we didn't make any adjustments amongst the players on the court to stop that from happening." -- Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, who shot 9-for-11 for a team-high 22 points and eight assists.
"Nene played big for us. Humongous. Martell hit some big shots and stepped up on defense against some good offensive players." -- Ariza
"I've been more consistent, just being who I am. As long as we are getting wins and I'm leading my team, that's the most important thing." -- Wall
Up next: The Wizards left Tuesday after the game to play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday (CSN+, 8 p.m. ET).