JOHN Wall delivered as promised as he showed no mercy in shutting down Lonzo Ball, but the Los Angeles Lakers had the last laugh, dealing the Washington Wizards’ first loss in four games after a 102-99 overtime victory at the Staples Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Brandon Ingram sparked a late rally, erasing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, with a tip-in that tied the game at 92 with a second left in regulation. Bradley Beal came up empty in the Wizards possession to pave the way for the extra period.
In overtime, the tight battle continued as both teams traded big baskets. The biggest shot, though, came with 58 seconds left as Ball found Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the booming triple that put the Lakers up 100-99. Then Julius Randle blocked Wall on the other end and got a dunk in the next Lakers possession. Wall missed a trey at the buzzer which could have sent the game into a second overtime as the Wizards saw their 3-0 start snapped.
As consolation, Wall won the matchup on the celebrated Lakers rookie. The Wizards star had 18 points on 7-of-22 shooting with nine assists, while holding down Ball to six markers, on just a 2-of-11 clip from the field, to go with 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Ingram led the Lakers (2-2) with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Larry Nance Jr and Kyle Kuzma scored 18 and 15, respectively.
Beal led all scorers with 28 points.