Lakers vs. Wizards Recap: The good, the bad and the Ball
- Author: Julie Sanders Dec 19, 2018,
Dec 19, 2018, 5:58
As it turns out, it was also an extremely rare play.
John Wall led the charge in what was his best game of the season, filling up the entire box score.
The Wizards emphatically ended a four-game losing streak, going up by as many as 18 in the first quarter and 27 in the third. Not only does his playing style struggle to coexist with James, but his overall production has declined from a year ago. His scoring increased from 9.4 to 16.1 points. Furthermore, the Lakers shot 21-for-32 off passes from the pair (65.6 percent), including a 13-for-17 mark (76.5 percent) on uncontested shots.
Four Nuggets starters finished in double digits as Nikola Jokic was the leading scorer with 26 points.
Beasley is the only member of the Lakers with whom James played as a teammate previously. "The swings are big when you're playing, and the swings are big even over the course of the season or course of the year".
Inconsistency is part of the reason the Nets didn't give him an extension before the season, but if he can smooth out the ups and downs, he could earn a deal this summer and maybe become a foundation piece to attract other free agents.
Beasley's teammates were surprised and happy to see him at the game and on their bench.
In a case of when keeping it real goes wrong, Ingram may have set the stage for his Lakers exile without really knowing.
Chris Paul was surprised when Harden asked for the break. Harden went 5-for-5 from the line in the fourth, while the Lakers attempted zero free throws as a team. Their defense, a glaring concern earlier in the season, has improved drastically, with the Lakers posting a 101.4 defensive rating during their recent run of success, third in the National Basketball Association behind the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder during that seven-game stretch. Didn't get a couple calls driving to the basket.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points for the Lakers, 15 in the second quarter. However, he was just getting started.
As usual, Twitter didn't hold back when letting Kuzma have it.
Nets: G Allen Crabbe missed his third straight game because of a sore right knee. We know this team plays fast so they're gonna make runs, but I thought we did a good job staying poised in the fourth.
So the question now is not whether Ingram will be moved or not, it's just a matter of when.
"I'm fine. I'm just off", Walker said.