The Los Angeles Lakers three-game winning streak was snapped as they fell to the Washington Wizards 116-111 on Tuesday.
John Wall was one assist shy from tallying up a double-double. Wall finished with 31 points and nine assists. Nene had a career-high 30 points and five assists.
The Lakers continue to battle with injuries as Chris Kaman missed his third straight game with a sore back. The Lakers were led by Jordan Farmar and Pau Gasol who combined for 39 points. Farmar finished with 22 points and eight assists, while Gasol posted 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Unfortunately, despite all of the Lakers starters ending in double figures, they were unable to pull out the win. Wall scored more than 30 points for the third straight game, and for the first time in his career.
Wall and Nene combined for 61 points and were the first Wizards teammates to score 30 or more in the same game since 2009.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Lakers were only down 82-77. Despite the Lakers scoring 34 points in the fourth, Wall had 13 points in the final 4:41 minutes to hold off the Lakers.
Although Kobe Bryant traveled with the team to Washington, he did not play. Before the game tipped off, he discussed his two-year contract extension publicly for the first time. Bryant stressed his happiness with being able to remain a Laker for the remainder of his career.
Bryant claimed he would “run through a wall” for the organization and pledged his commitment to returning to the court sooner than later. Even though no official time has been set, Bryant made it seem that he could be back as soon as next week.