NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (32-29) at Washington Wizards (33-27), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers shoot for their third consecutive win this evening, when they continue their season-long six-game road trip against the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.
Los Angeles has won the first two on the trip, including a narrow 117-116 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at the Charlotte Coliseum on Saturday. Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning basket with less than a second remaining to lift the Lakers to the victory.
Bryant scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the final quarter, as the Lakers overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win for the fourth time in five outings. He shot 8-of-12 in the last 12 minutes for the Lakers.
Chucky Atkins registered 26 points and six assists, while Chris Mihm and Jumaine Jones tallied 15 points apiece. Caron Butler rounded out Los Angeles' double-digit scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Lakers were on fire from the field, hitting 54.4 percent of their shots. Los Angeles drained 14-of-28 (.500) from three-point range and 17-of-22 (.773) from the free throw line. The Lakers outrebounded the Bobcats, 38-34, in the victory.
The Lakers pushed their record against first-year teams to 24-1 since the 1980-81 season. Their lone defeat came against Orlando in December 1989.
Los Angeles has won consecutive road contests for the first time this season. The Lakers own an 11-17 mark in foreign buildings.
Washington has struggled in recent weeks, losing eight of its last 11, including a 105-101 defeat to Boston at the Garden on Sunday night. Larry Hughes had a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the slumping Wizards.
Gilbert Arenas contributed 25 points and Jared Jeffries added 13 points and 16 boards in the loss. Antawn Jamison chipped in 14 points and Brendan Haywood grabbed 12 rebounds.
Washington guards Anthony Peeler (sore knee) and Juan Dixon (sprained right ankle) missed Sunday's contest. The duo is listed as questionable for this evening's game.
The Wizards shot 43.2 percent from the field in the loss, including 4-of-17 (.235) from three-point range. Washington hit 27-of-41 (.659) from the free throw line.
Washington, which is 22-9 at home this season, has lost two of its last three home games.
Washington won the first meeting of the season between these teams, 120-116, in overtime at the Staples Center on Dec. 17. Nonetheless, the Lakers have won seven of the last nine meetings overall. These two teams have split the last 10 meetings at Washington.
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