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.
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Lakers Coach Luke Walton looked over to Julius Randle, lined up at the Target Center, ready to do some extra shooting after practice. “Julius, you want us to put Zu on Towns tomorrow?” Walton said, teasing the Lakers power forward about having rookie center Ivica Zubac take the defensive assignment on Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns. “He scored two buckets on me,” Randle said, protesting the idea. “What are you talking about?” On Friday, the Lakers notched their second win in March. They beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, and overcame their two stars, Towns and forward Andrew Wiggins. Towns offers the Lakers a chance to learn a lot about their young group of big men — Randle, Larry Nance Jr.,