By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s been a tough time of late as the Lakers lost their third straight game.
They fell to the Washington Wizards by a score of 127-124 in overtime. It was the teams fourth overtime game this year and they are now 3-1 in those games.
LeBron James had 31 points, a season high 13 assists and 9 rebounds in 43 minutes of play to pace the Lakers. He missed a free throw that would have given them the lead in the final seconds of the 4th period.
“We lost our focus,” said James. “It’s my fault missing the foul shot. You have to give them credit, they kept playing and coming after us. But with a lead like that we have to put teams away.”
Montrezl Harrell had a season high 26. He became the sixth Laker to score 26 points in 23 minutes or less.
Kantavious Caldwell-Pope had 21 including some clutch three-pointers. That marked the first time all season that the team has lost a game when three players have score 20 or more points. (4-1)
Kyle Kuzma chipped in with 14 points and 11 boards that marked hid seventh double-double of the year.
The Lakers had a 17-point lead and Bradley Beal who finished with 33. The league’s leading scorer scored on three consecutive possessions in overtime.
Russell Westbrook had a near triple-double 32, 14 boards and 9 assists including six in overtime. The wizards have won five straight.
The Laker announced Davis will be out three more weeks while Dennis Schroder (COVID protocol) will return with in the next few days. The defending Champs are 5-4 with Davis out of the line and 16-5 with him.
In a clash against Eastern Conference Power Brooklyn at Staples Kevin Durant missed the third game in a row and the Anthony Davis was out also. Then an hour before tip-off, Dennis Schroder was scratched from the Lakers line-up due to COVID protocol and also missed the game vs. the Heat.
Once the ball was tossed up James Harden and Kyrie Irvin became facilitators as little known Joe Harris and Timothy Luwau-Cabarrot hit five three pointers a piece for the Nets who hit 18 three’s on the night.
The result was 109-98 win for Brooklyn.
Harden finished with 23 with 11assists, Harris 21. and Kyrie had 16 and 5 dimes to lead the Nets.
The bright spot for L.A. was LeBron becoming the fastest player in NBA history to reach 35,000 points. Kuzma added 15 and 10 boards.
The Heat came into town to face the Lakers for the first time since last years NBA Finals. This year they’ve hey have been struggling playing .500 ball.
THE HEAT: L.A was in a familiar place trailing by 13 at the first half. They have a tendency of falling behind early before settling in the previous three games they’ve trailed by as many as 22 points in the half.
Marc Gasol hit a three at the buzzer cut lead to seven at the half.
Then in the third he tied it at 63 with another one.
Wes Mathews had a bucket a rebound and to start the 2nd half. The led to a comeback and kept the Lakers in it until the end.
With L.A. down by two in the final seconds Lebron stole an inbounds pass then got the ball to Alex Caruso who let it fly from the right 17 feet and the went off the rim at the buzzer. The home team final fell 96-94.
Kyle Kuzma lead all scorers with 23 and six rebounds. James finished with a near triple-double 19-9-9. Montrezel Harrel had 18 and ten boards. B Davis and Dennis Schroder (COVID protocol) both were still absent from the line-up. Bam Adebayo Miami’s scored 16 and grab 10 rebounds.
Kendrick Nunn (27) and Jimmy Butler (23) paced led the Heat. It was the fifth time this season the Lakers scored lass than 100 points-when that happens they are 2-3.
It was the first time since 2011-12 a team lost a game to the team they defeated in the finals the previous year.