The Washington Wizards have been on a tough Western Conference road trip and their most recent losses have hurt the team’s playoff odds. On Friday night, the Wizards got a much needed road win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Washington was led by John Wall to a 117-107 victory, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
On Friday, Washington took down the Lakers in a physical matchup. Wall led the team to a win with another double-double. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and also chipped in two steals. Wall’s performance gave him his 25th double-double of the season. After two straight losses, Washington needed to step it up, and that is exactly what the team did. Wall came up big for Washington as the team dominated in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards have been struggling this season with their ability to close out games, especially on the road. Against the Lakers, Washington did a great job on remaining focused. The team also received consistent performances from their bench players. Al Harrington, Andre Miller and Drew Gooden provided much needed bench production, which allowed Washington to hold onto the lead and close out late in the fourth. Together, the trio had 34 points and 14 rebounds. Gooden’s 11 rebounds were the second highest on the team, right behind Marcin Gortat‘s 13 boards.
Gooden has become the Wizards’ most reliable bench player. Washington can really count on him late in the game. Out of the 11 points he scored, 10 points came in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, helping Washington keep the lead. Gooden’s physicality was key for Washington throughout the game. Temper’s finally broke out late in the game and he was ejected, along with Jordan Hill, in the remaining minutes.
This was a great performance for Washington. The Wizards had seven players in double-digits, including all five of their starters. This was a big win for Washington that helps get the team back on track. The Wizards need to continue playing together. With the season winding down, Washington can not afford anymore losses.