NBA Game Summary - Washington at LA Lakers
(Friday, December 17th)
Final Score: Washington 120, LA Lakers 116 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Gilbert Arenas poured in a season-high 37 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 120-116 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers 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.
"When we're on, we don't think anyone can stop us," said Arenas. "We lost a tough one to Miami, so we had to come out here and sew up the wound."
Bryant had 36 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 14 assists. Chucky Atkins had a season-high 23 points in a losing cause.
Washington has won 10 of its last 14 and ended a two-game skid.
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 up 112-106.
Bryant nailed a three-pointer to pull the Lakers within three, but Hughes hit another jumper with 1:41 left in overtime to build the Washington lead to 114-109.
The Lakers struggled to get a shot off on their next possession, and Bryant uncorked a three-pointer as the shot clock expired that air balled.
Lamar Odom made two free throws with a minute left in overtime to pull the Lakers within three. After a Washington turnover, Bryant made two free throws to make it a one-point game at 114-113 with 33 seconds left.
But Hughes ran the clock down on the ensuing possession before hitting an open Anthony Peeler, who drained a trey with 11 seconds left to put the Wizards up 117-113.
Bryant answered with a three-ball with eight seconds left and Hughes nailed two free throws to go up 119-116. Bryant missed a free throw, then missed another on purpose but was called for a lane violation with just under five seconds left to end it. Jamison hit one-of-two free throws in the waning moments to account for the final score.
"A great win," said Washington head coach Eddie Jordan. "The first game on the trip. We've got a lot to prove. It was a terrific win for us."
Bryant notched his fourth triple-double of the season and the 13th of his career.
Arenas scored five points during an early 7-0 run that gave the Wizards a 10-4 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Washington maintained its advantage throughout the first quarter and took a 30-28 lead into the second.
The Wizards led 34-31 in the early going of the second quarter before Los Angeles ripped off an 11-3 run, capped by a Tierre Brown hoop, to go up 42-37 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half.
Los Angeles was up 52-47 with just under two minutes left in the first half, but Washington closed out the period with a 7-2 run to knot the game at 54 apiece entering the intermission.
This was the first overtime game of Rudy Tomjanovich's Lakers' head coaching tenure...Washington improved to 3-1 in overtime...Despite the loss, the Lakers' 116 points was a season high...The Wizards did not commit a turnover in the first half.
12/18 02:01:52 ET