The Los Angeles Lakers had a 75-60 lead with 6:09 left in the 3rd quarter. The Washington Wizards then outscored the Lakers 55-40 for the rest of regulation to send this game to overtime where the Wizards pulled it out. They win 127-124.
Marc Gasol and LeBron James combined to miss four free throws in the final 3:23 minutes of the 4th quarter, including a huge missed free throw on an and-one for LeBron. The game only had 9.8 seconds left at the time, as Bradley Beal missed a game-winner on the other end before it went to OT. Beal and Russell Westbrook took control in the extra frame, scoring all of their team’s points including the decisive and-one from Westbrook that was set up by a foolish LeBron foul.
The Lakers have now lost four of five, including their last three. Ugh. Here’s the rest of the recap.
Player of the game – Montrezl Harrell
Only one player scored 25+ in the game other than LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Bradley Beal, and that player was Montrezl Harrell. His signature hustle was on display early and often, ending with 26 points and nine rebounds (including four offensive rebounds). He also was able to get to the line seven times, making six of them.
Still, Harrell’s amazing game for the Lakers seems like a lifetime ago as Frank Vogel went with Marc Gasol and Kyle Kuzma in the frontcourt for most of the 4th and OT. This will probably continue all season and possibly into the playoffs, as Harrell’s defense sometimes makes him a liability in late-game moments. Either way, he’s definitely far from being the reason for tonight’s loss.
Stat of the game – Four minutes and 37 seconds
This game had a feeling of the blowout at the hands of the Detroit Pistons last month, as the Lakers’ offense went cold in the 4th quarter. Harrell tipped in a basket with 9:15 left to make it 92-90 Lakers, and they did not make another field goal until there was 4:38 remaining when a Marc Gasol three made it a 102-97 Wizards lead.
Four minutes and 37 seconds of game time. Unbelievable.
Quote of the night – “When we were down 17, it felt like 40”
Scott Brooks: "When we were down 17, it felt like 40."
— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) February 23, 2021
Yeah, Scott. It felt like 40 to me too.
The Lakers will now travel to Salt Lake City on Wednesday to take on the hottest team in the NBA, the Utah Jazz.