The Lakers are in the midst of rebuilding their franchise in hopes that Lonzo Ball would bring good things to the city of Los Angeles. They would hope to avoid a second straight loss as they hosted the 3-0 Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. During the first quarter of the game, the Lakers a high fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to thirty-nine percent.
Larry Nance would score six points and pull down six rebounds while shooting seventy-five percent from the field. Brandon Ingram ended up being limited to only four points but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Lonzo Ball would be held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played but did record three defensive rebounds and one assist.
On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped seven points which would include one three-pointer. Kelly Oubre scored only four points while shooting forty percent from the field. Otto Porter, John Wall, and Mike Scott would each be held to just two points while Marcin Gortat was kept to just one free-throw. Gortat did manage to grab four defensive rebounds but it was the Lakers who ended the first quarter with a 23 to 18 lead.
The Wizards responded with a 31 to 22 run in the second period as they shot forty-six percent from the field while the Los Angeles team shot forty-five percent. Nance would continue to impress as he posts up eight more points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds while rookie forward Kyle Kuzma came off of the bench to drop four points. Jordan Clarkson would come off of the bench to record a three-pointer and three assists while Ball was still held scoreless.
As for the Washington Wizards, Jodie Meeks came off of the bench to chalk up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field. Six of those points would come from behind the three-point line as he pulled down two defensive rebounds. Porter scored six points while shooting only forty-three percent from the field but he did manage to get ahold of two defensive rebounds. Beal and Wall would each be held to two points as the Wizards went into the locker room with a slight 49-45 lead.
During the third quarter, the Washington Wizards shot a high sixty-one percent from the field while limiting the Los Angeles Lakers to only forty-four percent. John Wall would start to heat up as he dropped ten points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field. He connected for a three-pointer while doing so, along with dishing off four assists. Bradley Beal ended up recording nine points to add to his scoring total, three of those points coming from beyond the arc. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Marcin Gortat shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, scoring six points.
Brook Lopez would post up seven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would drill a three-pointer in the process of doing so while Ingram would be held to four points. Lonzo Ball would pull himself out of the scoring drought he was in as he chalked up two points to add to the three assists that he recorded. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be held to just one free-throw line but did manage to grab two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the last quarter with a 79 to 69 advantage.
The Lakers did pull back, though, in the fourth period as they went on a 23 to 13 run. They shot thirty-six percent from the field while limiting the Wizards to a low twenty-two percent. Brandon Ingram would heat up for eleven points and six rebounds while shooting sixty-three percent from the field. Kuzma would play for the entire quarter but was only held to four points as he grabbed two defensive rebounds. Lonzo Ball would only score two points, which would all come from the charity stripe as Julius Randle pulled down five defensive rebounds.
For the Nation’s Capital team, Gortat recorded four points while collecting five defensive rebounds in the process. Beal ended up with the only three points while John Wall was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played. With the Wizards up by two points, Ingram would put in a tip shot with one second left to tie the game at 92, sending it into overtime. The Lakers would end up pulling it out in the extra quarter as they shot fifty percent from the field, holding the Wizards to thirty-eight percent.
Lonzo Ball ended up scoring two points in the quarter while Randle gobbled up two defensive rebounds. Bradley Beal dropped five points while John Wall was limited to two. Oubre, Gortat, and Porter were held scoreless in overtime as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away with a 102 to 99 victory over the Washington Wizards, handing them their first loss of the season. Brandon Ingram finished the game with nineteen points, ten rebounds (which matched his career-high) and three assists. Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-eight points, six rebounds, and two assists.