National Basketball Association
                           === Lakers visit D.C. ===
 (  - The Los Angeles Lakers have won three straight and hope
 to  continue that momentum as they begin an eastern road trip in Washington on
 Tuesday night.
 The  Lakers bested  Detroit, Golden State and Sacramento, all at home, to even
 their record. They head east to meet Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit over the
 next three.
 L.A.  was in  the headlines on Monday, inking future Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant
 to  a  two-year extension for  a reported $48  million. Bryant could've been a
 free  agent  at season's end,  but that has been  avoided. Now, it's all about
 getting  Bryant back  on  the  court as  he's  still  rehabbing from  Achilles
 In Bryant's absence, and Steve Nash's for that matter, the Lakers have done it
 with  balance. Against  the  Kings on  Sunday, four  Lakers  scored in  double
 figures en route to a 100-86 victory.
 "We're not thinking, we're reacting," said LA head coach Mike D'Antoni. "We're
 sharing  the  ball on  offense,  and  that  transfers  to the  defensive  end.
 Everybody that went into the game did something positive."
 Xavier  Henry paced the  Lakers with 21 off the bench. Pau Gasol registered 20
 points  and  10 rebounds, while  Jordan Hill managed  10 points and 13 boards.
 Jodie Meeks chipped in 14 and Steve Blake handed out 12 assists.
 The Wizards have taken three of their last four, spurred on by the exceptional
 play  of John Wall, who was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on
 He  averaged 24.3 points, 8.5 assists and 2.75 steals in 39.8 minutes per game
 during  the  four games. Wall  finished the week  by scoring 30-plus points in
 consecutive performances against the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks.
 "It's  a great accomplishment," Wall told the team's website. "It was a lot of
 hard  work and dedication  between me and my teammates. I don't care if I have
 those big numbers if we aren't winning games."
 Washington  has won two  in a row at home with the most recent victory a 98-89
 decision over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
 Wall  led the  way with  31 points  on 10-for-18  shooting, but  other Wizards
 stepped  up  as well. Marcin Gortat  scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds,
 while Martell Webster managed 19 and Bradley Beal scored 18.
 The  Wizards  head  out  for  a two-game  road  trip,  starting  Wednesday  in
 The  two teams  split last  season's matchups  with each  team winning  on the
 other's court. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 in our nation's capital.
 11/26 10:21:34 ET

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