With the Lakers playing their fourth game in five nights, and second on an eight-game trip, Bryant scored a season-high 31 points in 35 minutes, making 10 of 24 attempts in one of his best shooting nights of the season.
The Lakers had pulled ahead by 18 points in the second quarter, but the Wizards surged in the second half, taking an 86-82 lead with 8:14 left on the clock.
Showing some fight, the Lakers pushed back ahead 90-87 on a Bryant three-pointer with 5:56 left.
Bryant responded with a three-pointer, followed by a midrange jumper that electrified the crowd -- happy to say goodbye to the retiring All-Star in what will be his final regular-season appearance in Washington.
Wall kept it interesting, making a three-pointer with 7.9 seconds left to reach 34 points for the game, but a pair of
Clarkson finished with 18 points. Julius Randle scored 15 points with a career-high 19 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell added 13 points, Lou Williams 12 and Brandon Bass 10.
Coach Byron Scott played nine players, choosing not to give Nick Young any time.
The Lakers (3-15) will next visit the
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