The Wizards played without starting center Emeka Okafor again because of flu-like symptoms and guards Bradley Beal (ankle) and A.J. Price (groin), but they were able to erase an 18-point deficit to upset the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday. It was their fifth win in six games and first victory in Los Angeles since 2006.
Player of the game: SF Trevor Ariza came off the bench to lead all scorers with 25 points, shooting 9-for-15 and setting a career high for three-pointers made (7 of 12).
The rundown: SG Kobe Bryant and PF Pau Gasol returned to the lineup as the Lakers took a 35-19 lead by shooting 68% in the first quarter. F Antawn Jamison came off the bench to score nine points on 4-for-5 shooting. The Wizards only shot 5-for-15 from three-point range, and SF Martell Webster led them at the half with 10 points trailing 57-41. Bryant was held to eight points in the first three quarters by Wizards SG Garrett Temple as the Wizards erased what had been an 18-point deficit behind Ariza's hot hand. They took their first lead at 81-70 on a lay up by Ariza midway through the fourth. The lead shifted in the final quarter as Bryant hit a pair of jump shots to put Los Angeles back on top 96-94. Nene went at C Dwight Howard twice in the paint to make hook shots to give the Wizards the lead for good. They went on a 9-3 run in the last two minutes. Both teams combined to shoot 22-for-49 from long range. Bryant missed the final shot at the buzzer to tie.
Turning point: The Wizards went on an 11-2 run to end the third, cutting the deficit to 74-72 when Ariza buried a three-pointer and John Wall blew by Steve Blake for a lay up.
Eye on Wall: Wall set a career-high with 16 assists, one above his previous mark. He finished with 24 points, shooting 9-for-19, three steals and only one turnover. He's averaging 23.4 points in his last seven games. The Wizards only had nine turnovers for the game.
Ex-Wiz: Jamison and backup PG Blake spent time in Washington. Blake, a University of Maryland, played two seasons after being drafted in the second round in 2003. He had five points and five rebounds. Jamison cooled after his fast start, ending with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Botched play: Temple stole a pass from Bryant to Gasol to start the third quarter and started the fast break. He had a 3-on-1, with Wall and Webster filling the lane, against Lakers PG Steve Nash. Temple missed the lay up –- not even touching the rim. That led to a dunk for Howard and a 59-41 edge.
Who’s next: Saturday at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET on CSN. Golden State (39-31) lost 104-93 at the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. PG Stephen Curry led with 24 points but only had three assists.