Lakers rating eighth win in 9 video games after tripping Wizards


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Los Angeles Lakers ahead Anthony Davis, proper, turns towards the basket previous Washington Wizards guard Jordan Poole throughout the second half of an NBA basketball sport Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photograph/John McDonnell)

WASHINGTON — Anthony Davis scored 19 of his 35 factors within the first quarter and had 18 rebounds, serving to the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 125-120 within the NBA on Wednesday night time for his or her eighth victory in 9 video games.

LeBron James had 25 factors and 9 assists, and Rui Hachimura scored 19 factors for the Lakers towards his former workforce. Davis was 10 of 17 from the sphere and made 15 free throws with out a miss.

Jordan Poole led Washington with 29 factors.

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The Lakers are ninth within the Western Convention, that means they’d must win twice within the play-in match to make the primary playoff bracket. However they’re making a push to maneuver up. Los Angeles trailed Phoenix and Sacramento by 1 1/2 video games coming into Wednesday.

“We need to proceed to play good basketball,” James stated. “The postseason’s nonetheless type of a methods away. … Postseason prep, all that different stuff is completely completely different from the common season, so wherever we fall is the place we fall.”

The Wizards are a loss shy of matching the franchise document of 63.

Washington was coming off a pleasant win over Milwaukee on Tuesday night time, and the Wizards made their first 5 3-point makes an attempt towards the Lakers. Washington led 19-8 early on, and the issues mounted for Los Angeles when Davis took a stray elbow to the nostril from Wizards 7-footer Tristan Vukcevic and stayed down on the ground for a bit.

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However Davis was in a position to play on, which was unhealthy information for Washington. The Wizards didn’t have the dimensions essential to cope with him, and Davis dominated the remainder of the quarter. By the point it was over, he’d already made 11 free throws, and the Lakers led 39-29.

Los Angeles led by seven on the half, then went on a 9-2 run to begin the third quarter to take a 76-62 benefit. D’Angelo Russell scored 18 factors for the Lakers, who went 5-1 on a six-game journey.

Washington pulled again inside two within the fourth and was having some success with its zone protection earlier than James spun round Jared Butler and dunked to make it 109-105. That began a 12-0 run.

“Once we’re scoring at will, groups are going to attempt to get right into a zone and attempt to sluggish us down,” Davis stated. “We’ve obtained to have the ability to get to our zone offense to fight that.”

The Lakers had eliminated James and Davis, the sport seemingly in hand, when the Wizards scored eight straight factors to make it 125-120. After a Los Angeles turnover with 17.4 seconds remaining, James and Davis got here again in.

Davis blocked a 3-point try by Butler and the Lakers held on.

“I hate the time period rubbish time,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated. “You’re enjoying within the NBA. There’s solely so many spots, and also you get an opportunity to play, even when it’s the final 50 seconds, go arduous. Go arduous otherwise you keep house, just about.”

James was referred to as for a flagrant foul when he made a spin transfer whereas driving to the basket and caught Deni Avdija with an elbow within the second quarter.

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Lakers: Host Cleveland on Saturday.

Wizards: Host Portland on Friday night time.