Wizards dump Lakers, upset ‘Masked Mamba’
It was an upset at the packed Verizon Center Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards, down the first two quarters by 21 points, came back in the second half to overcome the Los Angeles Lakers by a 106–101 final tally.
The Lakers led the entire first half, until the Wizards’ furious comeback. The surge ended with a half-court three pointer at the buzzer from Washington’s Trevor Booker. Washington, down 15 points at the break, fought back fiercely during the third period to tighten up the score, 74–83.
By the fourth quarter the excitement at the Verizon Center was in rare form. Once hometown fans realized their team had a chance to win, the chants started: “Beat LA!” “Beat LA!”
Kobe the “Masked Mamba” Bryant shot 31 times and scored 30 points while switching back to the clear face mask. You can follow his masks’ tweets with the hashtag #kobemask.
The game marked the first time the Wizards topped the Lakers since Dec. 17, 2006.
Kevin Seraphin had a career high of 14 points, and Nick Young had a team-high 19.