Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:46 am

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 PM PDT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Referees: Sean Wright (#4), Bennie Adams (#47), Tre Maddox (#73)

Line: Wizards -6.5

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GAME PREVIEW: WIZARDS AT LAKERS


by NBA.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Washington Wizards will try for their first 4-0 start since 1978 when they play the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Wednesday.

The Wizards opened their four-game road trip with a 109-104 victory at the Denver Nuggets on Monday, marking their fourth 3-0 start in franchise history and first since 2005. Washington, which started 0-3 last season, is the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1974.

"That's awesome, but we don't care about that," Wizards center Marcin Gortat told the Washington Post after the win against the Nuggets. "It's got nothing to do with achieving our goal. It's cool, but we are more exciting about the win (in Denver) in a tough spot more than anything. Now we got to continue to play hard and get the one in L.A."

The Lakers (1-2) will try to build off their most recent performance against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans.

Los Angeles trailed by 20 points late in the third quarter on Sunday, prompting coach Luke Walton to try a new combination of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. They worked well together, closing the gap before the Lakers moved ahead by five points midway through the fourth quarter. The Pelicans strung together an 11-0 run, however, putting them back on top for good in the 119-112 victory.

Clarkson scored a team-high 24 points off the bench after putting up 18 and 17 points in the first two games. He's shooting 51.1 percent from the field, including 7-for-14 from 3-point distance.

"What I'm most proud about with Jordan is he's sticking with it," Walton said. "He was struggling in training camp and he was struggling in the preseason. He's just kept working and working, he just keeps working. He's had some nice successful nights so far since the season's started."

Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who turns 20 on Friday, hasn't shot the ball well in his first three games, but he's putting up impressive overall numbers, averaging 13.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists.

Ball went up against one of the top backcourt defenders in Patrick Beverley of the Los Angeles Clippers in the season opener, and he'll face another tough matchup against John Wall of the Wizards. Wall led the NBA with 157 steals last season and led all point guards with 49 blocked shots.

The Lakers will benefit by having Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for a second straight game after the shooting guard was suspended the first two for a DUI arrest in Michigan last March. Caldwell-Pope was the only starter who scored in double figures against the Pelicans, finishing with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Caldwell-Pope spent the past four seasons in the Eastern Conference with the Detroit Pistons and has faced the Wizards 13 times in his career, averaging 12.7 points and shooting 44.3 percent from the floor.

Wizards reserve guard Jodie Meeks should feel comfortable inside Staples Center. He spent two seasons with the Lakers from 2012-14, averaging a career-high 15.7 points in the 2013-2014 season.


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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:00 am

I have to work tonight, really wanted to watch this game with all the talk going on by Gortat and Wall but can still follow it at work off and on.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:25 am

Kinda skewy averages (only 3 games), but 13/9/9 for Ball is, well, a great sign! His numbers will only go up as he learns how to eat and feed his mates in this men's league. Looking for lots of pop from KCP and a high-energy effort to keep us in the game! Let's get a signature win, boys!

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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:41 pm

Not looking good, here at work and we are down 85-77 with 6 minutes left in the 4th.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:47 pm

Now tied at 85-85, Lakers with the comeback.
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Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:50 pm

So much for that, Washington with a 6-0 run. Lakers down 91-85 with 140 to play.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:53 pm

Now 91-90, Randle just made a 3 pointer. Only 14 seconds left.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:58 pm

Ingram at the buzzer, we have OT folks at 92-92.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:06 pm

Ball ties it at 94-94
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:08 pm

Kuzma for 3eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Lakers lead 97-95.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:14 pm

Pope for 3, yessssssssssssssss, back up 100-99
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Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:15 pm

15 seconds left, Lakers lead 100-99, Bullets Basketball. This should be an entertaining finish.
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Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:19 pm

Randle with a Block on Wall and then at the other he slams it! Lakers lead 102-99 with 4 seconds left.
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Re: Game 4: 10/25/17 Wizards at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:20 pm

Lakers win! Chew on that Gortat and Wall! 102-99 Lakers win, Randle was huge late.
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Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:25 pm

Ball only had 6 Points but had a huge tying layup in OT + he had 10 Assists and 8 Rebounds for the game. Ingram had 19 Points and 10 Rebounds plus the tip in shot that sent the game to OT. Randle was big late and chipped in with 11 Points and 9 Rebounds overall. Fantastic win to the young season. Lakers now 2-2 on the season.
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