Wizards 120, Lakers 116, OT

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LOS ANGELES (AP)—In game of dueling backcourts, the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes had the edge on the Lakers’ duo of Kobe Bryant and Chucky Atkins.

Arenas scored 37 points and Hughes had 33 to lead Washington to a 120-116 overtime victory over Los Angeles on Friday night, the Wizards’ first win on the Lakers’ court in almost 12 years.

Bryant had his fourth triple-double of the season and 13th of his career, with 36 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Atkins added 23 points.

Despite their 13-8 mark, the Wizards earned just their second victory this season over a team with a winning record.

“We raised the bar higher than probably anyone expected us to raise it,” Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. “It was a terrific win.”

Said Arenas: “That’s what we do when we’re on. We don’t think anyone can stop us once everyone’s clicking.”

Arenas, who had seven assists and six rebounds, was 11-of-25 from the floor but made 14 of 15 from the free throw line. Hughes went 15-of-21.

Their combined 26-of-46 was better than their Lakers counterparts’ 18-of-39 shooting. Bryant was 9-of-22, and Atkins was 9-of-17.

“We knew their backcourt was very efficient,” Bryant said. “They were just penetrating and we didn’t have anybody stepping in there and clogging up the paint like we normally do.

“They just ran down the middle all night long. Our defense wasn’t really there.”

Hughes had six points in overtime, and former Lakers player Anthony Peeler made a key 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds left in the extra period. His shot, just his second of the game, gave the Wizards a 117-113 lead.

Bryant made a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left, but Washington sealed the win with two free throws by Hughes and another by Antawn Jamison.

The last time the Wizards beat the Lakers at home was February 1992 at the Forum.

After Bryant tied it at 104 with a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left in regulation, Jamison had a shot go in and out for the Wizards. Caron Butler missed a jumper for the Lakers, then Arenas missed one at the buzzer.

Hughes made a layup, and Arenas hit a pair of free throws in the closing 1:14 of the third quarter to give Washington an 83-79 lead heading into the fourth.

Jamison finished with 22 points, and Arenas had seven assists and six rebounds.

Lamar Odom had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

The game was close all the way, including 54-54 at halftime.


Both teams wore throwback uniforms, with the Wizards turned out in orange outfits with black and white trim from the Baltimore Bullets’ 1970-71 season. The Lakers wore baby blue with white trim from their final season in Minneapolis, 1959-60. … San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds sat courtside, across from the Lakers bench. … The game was the first of a challenging five-game road trip for the Wizards. They also play at Phoenix, Golden State, Sacramento and Minnesota. … The Lakers were coming off probably their best game of the season, a 115-99 win at Sacramento on Thursday.

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G. Arenas G. Arenas
11-25,  37 Pts
6 Rebs, 7 Assists
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K. Bryant K. Bryant
9-22,  36 Pts
10 Rebs, 14 Assists

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