Published May 02, 2016
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall deposited 21 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 98-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Bradley Beal tallied 19 points and Otto Porter added 12 for the Wizards, who have won two straight after a two-game skid.
"I'm not feeling great, I've got a migraine," said Wall. "I played because I didn't want to let my guys down. We didn't come out with a sense of urgency. We started competing in the second half. It starts with me ... I had to get going."
Los Angeles is mired in a nine-game losing streak, the first such skid since a 10-game run in April 1994.
Wayne Ellington poured in 20 of his career-high 28 points in the first half for the Lakers. Rookie Jordan Clarkson had a career-best 18 points in the loss.
The Wizards gained some separation with six straight points to make it an 86-80 game with over eight minutes on the clock.
Los Angeles trimmed its deficit to two with 3 1/2 to play after a Wesley Johnson 3-pointer, but Porter converted a layup moments later for a 95-90 edge.
With under a minute left, Beal rattled home a mid-range jumper to extend the lead to seven and Washington grabbed the win.
The Lakers got off to a solid start in trying to snap their lengthy losing skid. Ellington highlighted a 12-2 run with a four-point play that helped Los Angeles to a 14-7 lead early in the first.
Leading by seven after the first, the Lakers opened the second on a 7-0 burst, with Ellington netting the final five points to increase their margin to 38-24.
Los Angeles held a 57-46 lead at the break.
Washington got back into the game, tying it at 68-68 thanks to a 14-0 surge that Porter capped with a three-point play late in the third. The Lakers went into the fourth holding a 76-75 edge.
"I thought defensively they just started getting up in us, then there was a stretch in the third quarter where we just couldn't make a shot. That was basically the game," Lakers coach Byron Scott said.
Washington closes out its four-game road trip in Phoenix on Wednesday ... The Wizards' Kris Humphries and Los Angeles' Jordan Hill each pulled down 11 rebounds ... Each team scored 18 points off turnovers ... Washington outrebounded the Lakers, 51-38.