Wizards Lose Battle Against the Lakers Breaking their Undefeated Record
The hype leading up to the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers game was intense. With the Wizards having an undefeated record of 3-0, John Wall and his teammates had a lot to prove. One major obstacle that caused concern for most was the 19-year-old point guard Lonzo Ball.
Ball is a young new addition to the team, hoping to prove to the world that his skills reach beyond his father’s mouth. During this week, Ball didn’t really speak much about outdoing one of the best point guards in the league; his father did that for him. After suffering a loss from the New Orleans Pelicans last Sunday, Lavar Ball had a few comments about the game against the Wizards. According to CBS Sports, Lavar stated “[The Wizards] better beware ‘cause Lonzo ain’t losing again.” While Lonzo was quiet on the matter, Wall had a few words to say himself about the situation. When asked if he would show leniency Wall replied “Nah, no mercy.”
It seems like Lavar was right. Wizards lost in overtime to the Lakers 99-102. Although it was a win for the new NBA point guard, he had a rough game only scoring six points. He did, however, challenge Wall by blocking two of his shots alongside teammates Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle. John Wall didn’t have a hot game either, only shooting 6 for 17.
Despite the hard game from Lonzo Ball and the team’s 20 turnovers, the Lakers came out on top with the help of Kantavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kumza scoring in the double digits tonight. Ingram, scoring 19 points in the game, played with more aggression and wasn’t intimidated by the former playoff team. In an interview with Doris Burke he stated, “every single game we come in and try to worry about the offensive end and the defensive end and we’ve been practicing so hard,” which showed tonight during the game. With the young team, the Lakers have a lot of more work to do in order to make it to the playoffs and try to improve last year’s record of 17-65.
For the Wizards, Brandon Beal stepped up and carried the team with 28 points, 17 being in the first quarter. With the first loss of the season for the Wizards, they have to push forward as they get ready for the game against five time champions Golden State Warriors.
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