John Wall scored 31 points and recorded 9 assists, while Nene Hilario added 30 points and 5 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to a close victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-111. The Wizards put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 10 possessions while totaling 25 assists. Washington (6-8) has now won back-to-back games after defeating New York Knicks on Saturday.
Wall finished 10-18 and converted 11-12 from the free throw line. He registered 6 rebounds and 3 steals as well. Other top contributors for Washington included Martell Webster with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Marcin Gortat with 15 points and 8 rebounds. On 9-11 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc, Jordan Farmar scored 22 points off the bench for Los Angeles in the loss. He also recorded 8 assists. Pau Gasol chipped in 17 points and 8 assists, Steve Blake finished with 15 points and 5 assists, and Jordan Hill put up 10 points and 8 rebounds.
This loss snaps a 3-game winning streak for Los Angeles, dropping them to 7-8 on the year.
Coming up, the Wizards square off with the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 2-11 on the season. The Lakers match up with the Brooklyn Nets, currently sitting at 4-10 this year.