Before Tuesday’s game, Luke Walton was asked if he wanted a win for his 37th birthday. Walton said yes. What he got instead was much better than a win. The Lakers did a lot of things well against the Wizards, especially in the third quarter. Ultimately, they didn’t cede ground in their quest to keep their top draft pick. Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 119-108 loss to the Wizards. 1. Luke Walton used the word “beautiful” twice, in describing that third quarter. It deserved superlatives. The Lakers moved the ball well and because of that they got good shots. They made 15 straight shots, which hasn’t happened in four months across the NBA this season. They made 15 of 16 shots overall.
Kevin Durant being on track in his recovery will elicit plenty of smiles among the Warriors. (AP) So far, so good on Kevin Durant’s recovery from a sprained medial collateral ligament and tibial bone bruise in his left knee, the Golden State Warriors
Harry Giles declared for the NBA draft on Tuesday. It’s uncommon for a bench player averaging 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds to enter the NBA draft. Duke announced Tuesday that Giles will enter the draft and sign with an agent, ending his college eligibility.