Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 18
=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 18 ===
(Sports Network) – The Lakers dropped a 120-116 overtime decision to the
Washington Wizards on Friday night at the Staples Center.
Washington overcame a triple-double by Kobe Bryant to snap an 11-game losing
streak in Los Angeles against the Lakers, dating back to 1992. Bryant had 36
points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 14 assists. Chucky Atkins had a season-
high 23 points in a losing cause.
Gilbert Arenas missed a running bank shot in the final minute of regulation,
then was off-target on an 18-footer as time expired that would have won the
game for the Wizards. Instead, the game went to overtime tied at 104 apiece.
Larry Hughes hit a jumper to put the Wizards up in overtime. Arenas and Jared
Jeffries hit back-to-back baskets later in the extra session to put Washington
Bryant nailed a three-pointer to pull the Lakers within three, but Larry
Hughes hit another jumper with 1:41 left in overtime to build the Washington
lead to 114-109. Los Angeles got as close as one in the final minute, but
ended up coming up short.
Bryant notched his fourth triple-double of the season and the 13th of his
This was the first overtime game of Rudy Tomjanovich’s Lakers’ head coaching
tenure. Despite the loss, the Lakers’ 116 points was a season high.
The Lakers have the weekend off before hosting Memphis on Monday night. Los
Angeles is in the midst of a season-high six-game homestand.