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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Washington Rallies For 106-101 Win

Nick Young, Trevor Booker, Jordan Crawford, Roger Mason, and JaVale McGee all score in double figures as the Wizards rally from a 21-point deficit.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards, Positive Pixels, Wicked Pixels: Kobe Bryant Can't Save LA

Hey! It's our quick-hit Lakers vs. Wizards recap. Take a moment to catch up on the news, notes and must-see from last night's Wizards action -- good and bad -- with 'Postive Pixels, Wicked Pixels.' It's your morning-after Wizards hangover cure.


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Still trying to figure out how the Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fell to the Wizards? Well, aside from LA's 6-14 road record, SO AM I.

For the Wizards, there were plenty of positives (which we'll get into below) but nothing beats the pure spectacle here. What a bizarro experience. I mean, the Wizards trailed by 15 at halftime and were down as much as 21 in the third quarter ... and then Trevor Booker and the bench -- Kevin Seraphin, Nick Young and Roger Mason Jr. -- carried the Wizards back into the game. ... And ahead of L.A. ... And to a win. Over that time a crowd that was chanting "M-V-P" during Kobe's free throws in the first quarter and turn it into "Beat LA" down the stretch. Unreal.

Look, does this win represent a fundamental leap forward for the Wizards? Probably as much as when Washington beat the Thunder to improve to 2-12. But man, the games was SO improbable and SO awesome. In this season, that counts for something right?

"It makes you day a lot better," Shelvin Mack said, which I think is perfect.

Positive Pixels

• Nick Young is a "complete player": Don't ever forget Nick Young is capable of locking up one-on-one with the best players in the league, at least according to him. On Wednesday, he said he had extra motivation: "I grew up watching [Bryant]. I just knew everyone was back home (in Los Angeles) watching. I didn't want to get embarrassed." Bryant shot 2-for-8 in the third quarter with Young on him and finished with just 10 points in the second half.

Young also had his first assist since the All-Star break ... and finished with a career high six assists. Give him the JaVale McGee Memorial Playmaker Award™.

• Trevor Booker continues to BEAST: 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Trevor Booker, who erased many Wizards mistakes on the offensive end with eight offensive rebounds -- including off of a Wall missed free throw in the closing seconds. Booker even hit a buzzer-beater from well behind the three-point line at the end of the half. He joked after the game that he might have to start taking more of those shots. Guess the confidence is coming along at least as fast as the jumper.

Kevin Seraphin had himself a big game: Kevin Seraphin scored a career-high 14 points and only missed one shot all game. Head coach Randy Wittman was not reaching when he Seraphin had "the best game that he has had since he's been here." The refs let the game get physical and Seraphin used it to his advantage, collecting nine rebounds, too. He said the Lakers probably didn't know who he was going into the game. Now they know him as "Who the hell was that guy, again?"

Wicked Pixels

Don't forget: the first half was ugly. This was the fifth game since the All-Star break that the Wizards have gone down double-digits in the first half (via The Washington Post's Michael Lee). After the Wizards blamed an ugly Monday night loss on a lack of preparation, it's hard to figure out how Washington failed to show up early for this one against a tired Los Angeles team that arrived in D.C. last night at 3 a.m. after an OT loss to the Pistons.

John Wall's off night. It's just one night but Wall was off from the start against the Lakers, and finished just 1-for-8 from the field. Derek Fisher was able to bother him and, according to Wall, "whenever I turned the corner they were making sure somebody was there, making it tough for me." The last time Wall took just eight shots was Feb. 4 in a loss against the Clippers.

The first half went more or less like this:

(via @JohnCTownsend)

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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Washington Overcomes Halftime Deficit To Score 106-101 Victory Over Los Angeles

The Washington Wizards, after trailing by 15 points at halftime, stormed back to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101 at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night.

Unheralded Washington big men Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin led the way for the Wizards. Booker scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, while Seraphin added 14 points and nine boards.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in defeat with 30 points, but made just four of his last 23 shots in the game. As a team, the Lakers shot just 39.5 percent from the floor.

With Wednesday night's victory, the Wizards have now defeated two of the Western Conference's elite teams at the Verizon Center this season (Oklahoma City in mid-January was previous marquee win).

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Wizards game please check out Bullets Forever. And for a view from the other bench, you can head over to Silver Screen and Roll, Sb Nation's Los Angeles Lakers blog. For more on this and every NBA game you can head over to the SB Nation NBA basketball hub page.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Washington Surges After Halftime, Trails Los Angeles By Just Two Points After Third Quarter

The Washington Wizards, down 15 points at the half to the Los Angeles Lakers, outscored Kobe Bryant and Company 32-19 in the third period, and enter the fourth quarter down just two points.

Trevor Booker and JaVale McGee have been huge for Washington. Booker has 18 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of play, and the enigmatic McGee has chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant, still wearing his mask, has paced Los Angeles with 25 points on eight of 21 shooting from the floor.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Wizards game please check out Bullets Forever. And for a view from the other bench, you can head over to Silver Screen and Roll, Sb Nation's Los Angeles Lakers blog. For more on this and every NBA game you can head over to the SB Nation NBA basketball hub page.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Los Angeles Dominates First Half, Leads Washington 64-49

The Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant have had their way with the Washington Wizards in the first half, leading 64-49 at the Verizon Center.

The masked Bryant has scored a game-high 20 points in the game, adding in three assists, three steals and two rebounds for good measure. Pau Gasol has added nine points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles

Jordan Crawford leads the Wizards with 10 points, on four of 13 shooting from the floor. Much maligned big man JaVale McGee has chipped in six points and right rebounds.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Wizards game please check out Bullets Forever. And for a view from the other bench, you can head over to Silver Screen and Roll, Sb Nation's Los Angeles Lakers blog. For more on this and every NBA game you can head over to the SB Nation NBA basketball hub page.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards Game Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

The Washington Wizards are back at home and getting ready to take on the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant in his fresh new black mask. The Wiz are coming off a 20-point blow out loss to the Golden State Warriors and will be looking to rebound against the Lakers. Washington has just won one game in the past eight attempts, so they'll be trying to get themselves out of that funk and back on the right track.

Unfortunately for the Wiz, they're taking on a Lakers team who has just had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Detroit Pistons in overtime and will be looking to finish out the final two games on their road trip with victories. The two teams have yet to play in the 2011-2012 season and this will be their lone matchup.

Location: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Schedule: CSN

Radio: 106.7 FM

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the day at SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more on this and every Wizards game please check out Bullets Forever. And for a view from the other bench, you can head over to Silver Screen and Roll, Sb Nation's Los Angeles Lakers blog. For more on this and every NBA game you can head over to the SB Nation NBA basketball hub page.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Washington Hosts Masked Wonder Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Randy Wittman has his work cut out for him on Wednesday when he has to devise a game plan to stop Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers.

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