Los Angeles Lakers: Wizards

The McTen: Wobbly Win vs. Washington

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
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McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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Here are your 10 additional things to take away from the Lakers 115-108 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday ...

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It was the case of the lead that could just not be kept.

The Lakers led by 15 points with 9:35 remaining in the second quarter before the Wizards cut it to four with 5:50 to go, less than four minutes of game time later.

The Lakers led by 19 points with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter before the Wizards cut it to just three as the game headed into the fourth.

The Lakers led by 10 points with 4:40 remaining in the fourth before the Wizards cut it back to four with 1:20 remaining in the game.

L.A. ended up winning by seven but it felt like something they just barely eked out.

"It was a game of runs," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "We put together a good run to finish the second period. We put together a good one at the end of the first half, but they had a run at the end of the third and made a game out of it."

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Lakers outlast Washington: Postgame video

December, 8, 2010
12/08/10
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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"They really sucked the joy out of winning that one, didn't they?"

That was Phil Jackson's message to the Lakers after their 115-108 victory Tuesday night at Staples over a Washington Wizards team lacking generally in hap (six wins in 20 tries), but totally hapless on the road, where they dropped to 0-11 on the season. "We made it tougher," Pau Gasol said. "We made it tougher on ourselves."

Tuesday's game was a great example of how fast NBA games can change. The Lakers won the first quarter by 13, tied the second, and were plus-six over halfway through the third, plus four at the 3:27 mark. Over the next three and a half minutes, Washington was 14 points better than L.A. Then in a fourth quarter suddenly more competitive than it needed to be, the Lakers outscored Washington by four. In 207 seconds, the Lakers basically undid over a half-hour's work. Bad execution, particularly in the second unit over the final stretches of the third, opened the door, but things had deteriorated just enough by then. The ball movement leading to 22 assists in the first quarter disappeared.

"We moved the ball quicker. We were sharp with it. What happens is you get a lead, and you start wanting to go for the knockout punch," Derek Fisher said. "So maybe you take a quicker three or a quicker shot to try and bury the team."

This was the sort of thing, along with other questionable choices (Lamar Odom's fourth quarter hoist with 20.5 seconds to play and the Lakers sitting on a four-point lead with shot clock to burn, just to name one example), leaving Phil Jackson somewhat less than satisfied after the game.


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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 9.7
AssistsK. Marshall 8.8
StealsJ. Meeks 1.4
BlocksP. Gasol 1.5