After dropping four consecutive games, the Los Angeles Lakers finally snapped their cold streak with a 102-96 victory at the nation’s capitol. Here are some Bullet Points:
- Before the game which took place at the Verizon Center, a moment of silence was held for the victims of the Connecticut shooting which took place this morning.
- Kobe Bryant, who has a reputation of ‘welcoming rookies’ to the NBA, looked to bully Bradley Beal in the post early. Beal picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, which consequently ruined his rhythm for the rest of the game.
- Seraphin looked hesitant and indecisive in the first quarter against Dwight Howard. There was a sequence in which Jordan Crawford spoon fed Seraphin with a beautiful pass, but ‘Keveen’ failed to finish the dunk. Crawford was clearly unhappy, and let out his famous “C’mon Man!” cry as we went to commercial break.
- Jodie Meeks finished the game with 24 points coming off of the bench. He struggled early in the first half, as he missed a few easy layups in transition. Stick to three’s, Jodie.
- With just 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Nene finished a beautiful Shawn Kemp-esque dunk. Needless to say, he’s a difference maker.
- Kevin Seraphin turned the ball over in the second quarter, with another indecisive possession. Again, Crawford let him know about it with another, “C’mon Man!”
- Cartier Martin, who was the player of the game in tonight’s match up, started his Kobe Bryant impression early in the second half. His hot start began after he hit his signature three pointer, followed by a smooth and one. Martin scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the match up.
- Seraphin became comfortable once he was matched up with Robert Sacre. The majority of Seraphin’s sixteen points occured with Sacre covering him. Though Sacre may not be the greatest basketball player in the world, he’s a hell of a dancer. (Reminds me of that other guy who played for Gonzaga)
- Referees began to swallow their whistle once the Wizards attacked the basket. There was clearly a number of penetrations by Nene and Crawford which could’ve been foul calls.They didn’t have a problem blowing their whistle for the Lakers though.There was one play in particular, in which Bradley Beal stole the ball and got called for an offensive foul in transition. #WizardsTwitter let ‘em have it.
- Webster helped the Wizards gain some momentum, after being outscored 25-14 in the third quarter, with a ridiculous half court alley-oop throw down.
- The Lakers sealed a victory, after Beal hesitated on his jump shot which resulted in a travel. He potentially could’ve cut the lead to only three points, allowing the Wizards to stay in the game.
- Here’s tonight’s box score.
The Wizards had a chance to pull of an upset victory against the Lakers, but with a few costly indecisive plays and with a little help from the officials, the Lakers left D.C with a much needed victory.