USA

Anthony Davis leads Lakers past Wizards for 8th win in 9 games – Orange County Register

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Editor

WASHINGTON – The Lakers’ final extended road trip of the season was an unqualified success.

Anthony Davis scored 19 of his 35 points in the first quarter and grabbed 18 rebounds, helping the Lakers beat the Washington Wizards, 125-120, Wednesday night to cap a 5-1 road trip with their eighth victory in nine games overall .

LeBron James had 25 points and nine assists, and Rui Hachimura scored 19 points for the Lakers against his former team. Davis – who averaged 33.6 points and 16.4 rebounds in the five games he played on the trip – shot 10 of 17 from the field and made all 15 of his free throws with three blocked shots and two interceptions.

Jordan Poole led Washington with 29.

The Lakers (44-33) are ninth in the Western Conference standings, meaning they would need to win two more times in the play-in tournament to advance to the main playoff bracket as the No. 1 seed. °8. But they are making efforts to progress. The Lakers trailed Phoenix and Sacramento by 1½ games on Wednesday’s schedule. They have a tiebreaker against the Suns but not with the Kings.

The Wizards (15-62) are one loss away from tying the franchise record of 63.

Washington was coming off a big win against Milwaukee on Tuesday night, and the Wizards made their first five 3-point attempts against the Lakers. Washington led 19-8 early, and problems grew for the Lakers when Davis took a stray elbow from Wizards 7-footer Tristan Vukcevic and stayed on the court for a moment.

But Davis was able to continue playing, which was bad news for Washington. The Wizards didn’t have the size to deal with him and Davis dominated the rest of the quarter. By the end, he had already attempted – and made – 11 free throws, and the Lakers led 39-29.

The Lakers led by seven at halftime, then went on a 9-2 run to start the third quarter and take a 76-62 advantage. D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points and Austin Reaves had 16 for the Lakers, who have five games remaining in the regular season (the next three at home).

Washington pulled within two in the fourth and had significant success with its zone defense before James spun around Jared Butler and dunk to make it 109-105. That started a 12-0 run.

California Daily Newspapers

Back to top button