Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Wizards: Etan Thomas
Clippers: Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol
11:14 After a poor shooting night on Friday in he seemed like he was struggling to get lift on his injured foot, Fisher nails L.A.’s first field goal attempt–a three pointer that hits nothing but net. On the Lakers’ next possession, Derek launched another jumper, once again connecting to give the Lakers an early 5-2 lead.
9:00 The Lakers are on fire to start the game, with Radmnaovic following Fisher’s lead by sinking a silky three point shot to increase the Lakers’ lead to 10-5. On the previous play, Lamar drilled a jumper of his own. Only three minutes have gone by, but the Lakers already look much more focused than were to open the past two games. Moreover, Kobe hasn’t even shot the ball yet.
6:00 Fisher is a perfect three for three from the field, after hitting his second three pointer of the game to push the Lakers’ lead to its largest margin of the game–eight points at 15-8. Derek leads the team in scoring with eight early points.
3:28 Vladi hits a much-needed two from just inside the three point line for the Lakers, ending a 14-1 run by the Wizards that had given them a 22-16 lead. After the Lakers came out of the gates bursting with energy, Washington’s three-point barrage seems to have drained them a little bit with unforced turnovers and poor decision making once again lead to easy baskets to an inferior opponent.
2:52 Farmar enters the game for a very effective Fisher after the timeout. The Lakers trail by only two points after Radmanovic’s second three of the game. Vladi has eight points on the night to tie Derek for the team lead.
1:34 Kobe and Radman are getting a breather as Walton and Vujacic check into the game with the Lakers recapturing the lead 24-23 after Odom sank a free throw for his fifth point on the night.
25.2 Vujacic makes his first three of the game after taking 17 in the Lakers’ loss to the Grizzlies on Friday. Meanwhile, the Lakers have increased their lead four points at 27-23 in what has been an up-and-down opening quarter.
11:34 Luke Walton continues to show much more confidence in his outside shot, showing no hesitation in nailing a three pointer to give the Lakers a 30-25 lead. Jackson elected to bring Chris Mihm into the game, once again showing faith in the recovering center.
9:31 Sasha’s showing no ill effects of his unusually poor shooting performance two nights ago, connecting on his second three pointer of the night for six points to lead the Lakers’ reserves. The second unit has done a great job since Kobe left the game with a minute and half to go in the first quarter, playing with much more energy and more importantly, recapturing momentum from the Wizards.
8:33 Kobe and Ronny are back into the game for the Lakers, looking to help Luke, Jordan and Sasha build on a 35-31 lead. Meanwhile, we just received news that Wizards guard Antonio Daniels suffered a left wrist sprain and his return tonight is questionable.
7:34 After two quick three pointers on back-to-back possessions, Vujacic leads the Lakers in scoring with 12 points on four three pointers. Sasha’s efforts are beginning to take their toll on Washington, now trailing by a game-high eight points at 41-33.
5:45 Odom and Fisher return to the lineup and almost immediately, Odom scores on a nifty drive to give the Lakers a 10 point lead, 47-37. Lamar has seven points on the night to match his number.
1:59 Radmanovic’s third three of the game ends an 8-0 run by the Wizards that had brought Washington to within two of L.A. After a miss by Butler on the Wizard’s end, Vladi hit his second three in a row to push the Lakers lead back to eight at 53-45. As a team, the Lakers are shooting an impressive 11-15 from beyond the arc.
59.4 Mbenga enters the game, replacing Turiaf.
HALFTIME: The Lakers came out firing tonight, making 11-15 three pointers for a 58-47 halftime lead after taking a franchise record 45 attempts from beyond the arc on their loss to Memphis on Friday. More importantly, L.A. has played much better team basketball tonight, with Kobe only scoring five points on six field goal attempts. Both Radmanovic and Vujacic have excelled for the Lakers, with each connecting on four three pointers for 14 and 12 points, respectively.
8:32 Deshawn Stevenson is officially on fire from behind the arc this quarter. Both teams are over the 60% mark for the game.
6:20 The Wizards are committed to collapsing on Kobe off the high screen. This time he draws both men towards half court before finding a streaking Odom at the free throw line who in turn finds an open Ronny for the easy jam. 74-67 Lakers.
4:22 Stevenson won’t let up from three-point land. He’s 7/8 and for 22 points as both teams continue to stay hot from deep. The Wiz now at 11/16 and the Lakers at 11/18.
2:37 Deshawn finally missed one, but it was a clear force with Lamar in his face and fading away deep in the corner. On the next possession Deshawn goes down in a heap clutching his chest, that might be the only way to cool him down. 80-77 Lakers.
1:14 Luke & Sasha return replacing Vlad a& Kobe. #24 left late in the first as well, which is unusual. The team went on a run to end the first when this group was together, hopefully they can re-create that now and give the Lakers a little breathing room heading into the final frame.
0:00 The Lakers 11-point halftime lead has evaporated to zero as they were outscored 39-28 in the third quarter behind 15-points from Deshawn Stevenson. All tied up at 86.
10:59 After Mbenga banked a shot in on the Lakers’ previous possession, Walton runs the floor and is rewarded with a layup and one for his thirteenth point of the night. Kobe Bryant remained the only starter on the floor to open up the fourth for L.A.
10:19 Mbenga continues to show outstanding finesse in the lane, hitting his second jumper in a row for his sixth point of the night. Meanwhile, the Lakers’ lead is up to five at 93-88.
8:24 Sasha’s been quiet in the second half, but he just hit a huge three for the Lakers to ignite the STAPLES Center crowd and give L.A. back a four point lead after Washington had cut it back to one. Vujacic’s 15 are second on the team to Radmanovic’s 18.
5:26 The Lakers get a huge block from Mbenga that sends the Lakers on a fast break that results in a wide-open dunk by Luke Walton. The fans are on their feet as L.A. heads into the timeout, now up 103-94 and showing no signs of giving up momentum any time soon.
3:56 Kobe’s headed to the line for two amid “MVP” chants after a three by Nick Young cut the Lakers’ lead to only four at 103-99 on the Wizard’s previous possession. Fisher and Turiaf replace Mbenga and Vujacic who both go out to a nice round of applause from an appreciative crowd.
2:22 Twenty second timeout after Young’s three tied the game at 105. Luke missed a three point attempt on the Lakers’ end and Lamar had the ball stripped on the offensive rebound attempt.
1:17 Walton rebounds Fisher’s miss and put it back in to give the Lakers a 109-105 lead.
33.0 Everyone’s on their feet as Kobe heads to the line for two after Young drained yet another long range bomb to bring the Wizards to within one of L.A. at 109-108. Kobe sinks both for a 111-108 Lakers lead.
16.9 Walton nearly steals the ball and a chance for an uncontested fastbreak, but the ball careens out of bounds. Washington will resume possession with a chance to tie the game with a three.
10.1 Butler shocks the 18,997 in attendance by hitting an off-balance three to tie the score at 111. The Lakers have the ball with ten seconds left and a chance to win the game.
0.00 Fisher misses a great three point attempt to win the game, which means we’re headed to OT.
3:23 Kobe comes through in the clutch, hitting a twenty footer from the top of the key after Young gave the Wizards a temporary 114-112 advantage on the previous possession.
1:02 After the Wizards built a three point lead, Fisher comes through with a huge two to bring the Lakers to within one of Washington at 119-120 with a minute to go. Derek has 17 points on the night.
37.8 Kobe nails two free throws to reclaim the lead for the Lakes 121-120 after Young threw the ball away on the Wizard’s previous possession.
13.3 Jamison fouls Kobe who hits one of two freebies to bump the Lakers’ lead to 122-120. Sasha’s headed to the line for another two though after grabbing the rebound. After two makes, the Lakers lead is 124-120. Vujacic has 20 points on the night.
FINAL SCORE: Wizards 120, Lakers 126