Lakers knock off Wizards in OT
It had the makings of a Disney movie.
With his Washington Wizards trailing his hometown Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant — the player he grew up idolizing — rookie Nick Young got the call and had the game of his life. He hit a fadeaway over Bryant, knocked down crucial shots with defenders running at him, scored a career high and had family and friends going wild in the stands.
All that was missing was the ending. Young and the Wizards came up short by two plays and suffered a 126-120 loss in overtime to the Lakers last night at Staples Center.
After scoring just two points in the first half, Young went off for 25 points in the final 29 minutes, including 15 in the fourth quarter and six in overtime to finish with a game-high 27 points. But he had a turnover that resulted in Kobe Bryant going to the line and making the foul shots that gave the Lakers the lead for good, putting them up 121-120 with 37 seconds left.
Young also had a look at a shot that would have given the Wizards (38-35) the lead with 18 seconds left, but the ball clanked off the front of the rim.
“It was a heartbreaker. It would've been [great to] to come home and get the win,” Young said. “But that's Kobe, and they're a great team.”
The Wizards held Bryant in check for much the game, holding him to six points in the first half and 13 through three quarters. But Bryant scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Wizards trailed 72-63 midway through the third quarter but fought their way back into the game with a 14-6 run that cut the lead to 78-77. Young and Caron Butler, who finished with his third triple-double of the season, each hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 86-86 heading into the fourth quarter.