The Los Angeles Lakers played host to the Washington Wizards Tuesday night in an attempt for the former to go above .500 for the first time since October 29, but the struggling Wizards looked to play spoilers early on in the 2013-14 NBA season. The Wizards got the job done despite both sides playing sloppier than a pig in a mud puddle. The Wizards owe much of their success on Tuesday to the Kobe Bryant-esque play of Nene Hilario.
The big Brazilian finished the offensive slugfest with a career high 30 points while adding five assists. The 6-11 center’s strong performance was all too like the Black Mamba, who still has not returned to action, as Nene posted strong offensive numbers but amassed only two rebounds.
The slop-fest in Washington featured a total of 27 turnovers with 17 coming from the Lakers. Despite a late surge, the Purple and Gold could not finish the job as bad passes and missed layups plagued them late into the fourth quarter.
The Wizards really were not all that much better, adding 21 points off of fast breaks but missing countless layups on account of breaking too fast. John Wall contributed to this quite a bit as he often got too much of a head of steam and could not control his finishes at the rim nor his attempts to hit open teammates. All the same, Wall recorded a game high 31 points and nine assists.
For the Wizards’ sake, hopefully Nene will not to try to play like Kobe on a regular basis because he likely cannot shoot 13-22 often. For both teams’ sake, hopefully they can shore up their play and succeed in their next games.