The Lakers' race to the bottom continued on Friday night, in a 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at
With just over two minutes left in the fourth,
After falling behind by as many 21 to the Wizards, the Lakers rallied in the third quarter but not enough to give the Wizards more than a minor scare.
Instead the Wizards improved to 36-33, led by
The Lakers fall to 22-46, led by
Young and Hill also made their way back into active duty from knee injuries. Hill finished with nine points and 14 rebounds.
Gasol also had a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
The Wizards shot 48.3% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range (10-25).
The Lakers hit 47.3% of their shots and 36.8% from three-point range (7-19) but the home team also turned the ball over 21 times.
Washington wasn't much better with 20 turnovers.
The Lakers next host the
Only four teams are behind the Lakers in the standings -- the
The Lakers fell behind by as many as 21 points before making a late third quarter run with a lineup of
By the end of the period, the Lakers were down just six.
Nash dished 10 assists, playing just 12 minutes off the bench. Meeks was the Lakers' leading scorer with 16 points.
The Lakers shot 50% from the field and 41.7% from three-point range (5-12).
The Lakers were competitive in the second quarter, but weren't able to make up much ground against the Wizards.
Washington still shot a high percentage from the field for the game (50%), led by
The Wizards jumped out to an early double-digit lead over the Lakers, shooting 60.9% from the field in the first quarter.
The Lakers got
Nash finished the period with two assists in three minutes.
The Lakers (22-45) host the Washington Wizards (35-33) on Friday night.
The Wizards visit on the second night of a back-to-back, after a 116-103 loss in Portland. Neither Marcin Gortat (back) nor
Nick Young, Jordan Hill are both expected back from knee injuries. Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) will play a role off the bench but
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