Instant analysis: Wizards 117, Lakers 107

Instant analysis: Wizards 117, Lakers 107
March 22, 2014, 1:00 am
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Marcin Gortat overcame a sore lower back and returned to the lineup as the Wizards won for the first time on this four-game road trip to rout the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

One of seven Wizards to score in double figures, Gortat played 33 minutes for a 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. John Wall led all scorers with 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting, a game-high 14 assists and four rebounds. Bradley Beal had 18, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker scored 10 each. Al Harrington led the bench with 15 points, followed by Drew Gooden with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Miller with eight points.

Wall registered nine of his assists in the first quarter when the Wizards (36-33) made 14 of 23 shots for 61%, including 5 of 7 three-pointers, to take a 33-21 lead. The Wizards led by as many as 21 points and the Lakers (22-46) never could get closer than seven. 

This was the second time the Wizards had seven players score in double figures, with the first time coming in a 114-97 win vs. the Miami Heat last month. 

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Turning point: Trailing 58-47 at halftime, the Lakers committed six turnovers to start the third quarter which allowed the Wizards to get consecutive three-pointers from Ariza and Beal and then a dunk by Ariza in transition for a 70-50 lead and maintain a comfortable distance. 

Key stat: Los Angeles had a lopsided edge with points in the paint, 58-40. 

Comebacks: PG Steve Nash played for the first time since Feb. 11. He went 19 minutes and contributed five and 11 assists. SF Nick Young, who played for Washington from 2007-12, returned from a knee injury and played for the first time since Feb. 23. He had 21 points in 29 minutes. C Jordan Hill played for the first time since Feb. 28. He had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Rough stuff: Gooden became angered over the lack of foul calls and became tangled with Young with 2:14 left in the fourth quarter. Gooden threw Young off of him as he fell to the floor. Young rushed Gooden and shoved him. Hill intervened and became tangled with Gortat. Gooden and Hill were ejected after the officials reviewed the play and assessed them both Flagrant 2 fouls. Young was hit with a technical foul. 

Up next: The Wizards will remain in L.A. and practice Saturday before traveling to play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (CSN, 5 p.m. ET). 

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