Lakers Build Big Lead, Hold On To Defeat Wizards

Derek Fisher now has the longest active consecutive games played streak, at 434 straight games.

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Lakers Vs. Wizards: Gasol Leads L.A. To 115-108 Win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 32 points, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 115-108 victory over the road-weary Wizards at Staples Center. Pau Gasol added 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who have won two straight since a four-game losing streak. Lamar Odom contributed 24 points and seven boards in the win.

Nick Young went 6-of-11 from three-point range and scored a season-high 30 points for the Wizards, who fell to 0-11 on the road this season, extending a franchise mark to start the season. Gilbert Arenas had 23 points in defeat.

John Wall recorded 22 points and 14 assists for Washington.

The Wizards trailed by 13 at halftime but rallied to get back in the game.

Behind, 86-68, with 4 1/2 minutes to go in the third, Washington finished off the quarter on a 16-1 run.

Young hit a pair of threes and totaled eight points during the run, and Kevin Seraphin's two free throws in the closing moments made it an 87-84 game heading to the fourth.

Los Angeles scored six straight points early in the fourth quarter to re- establish a 10-point lead, 97-87, on a Gasol basket with nine minutes left.

Washington never got closer than four down the stretch. Wall's layup with seven minutes left made it a 98-93 game, but Steve Blake answered with a three, and Odom followed with two free throws.

A Young three made it a 110-106 contest with 1:20 to play, but Bryant squashed the comeback effort with a pair of free throws at the other end.

Wall missed a three-point attempt with 14.9 seconds left that would have pulled the Wizards within one, and Bryant hit another two free throws with 10 ticks to go for a 114-108 difference, sealing the outcome.

The Lakers grabbed a 36-23 lead after one quarter and maintained a 13-point advantage, 69-56, at halftime.

The Lakers embark on a seven-game road trip that visits the Clippers, Bulls, Nets, Wizards, Pacers, Sixers and Raptors...The Wizards have lost eight straight to the Lakers and six of seven overall...Los Angeles is 10-2 at home...Wizards forward Andray Blatche (hip) missed the game.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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Lakers Host Wizards After Three-Day Layoff

The Los Angeles Lakers had their first weekend without a game this season, but return to the court tonight to face John Wall and the Washington Wizards. The Lakers had played the first five Sundays of the season at home, but were off this Sunday, and have not played since demolishing the Kings on Friday night. Washington is playing its second game in as many nights, having lost Monday night, 125-108 in Phoenix.

Pau Gasol and the Lakers gladly took their three days without a game to try to get back on track after losing four straight before Friday's win over the Kings. Gasol is still battling a strained left hamstring, and luckily didn't have to play more than 27 minutes against Sacramento. Gasol, who is averaging 38.7 minutes per game this season, was able to sit during the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 113-80 win against the Kings.

Andre Miller or Portland was suspended for a game, which will end his consecutive games played streak at 632. What that means is that Derek Fisher now has the longest active streak in the NBA. Fisher has played 433 straight games, dating back to April 15, 2005, when he played for Golden State. Fisher has also started 311 consecutive contests, which is also tops among active NBA players.

The Wizards are 6-13 on the season, including 0-10 on the road, so the Lakers should have their way with Washington tonight. Then again, the Wizards do have Wall, who is averaging 17.0 points and 8.7 assists per game in his rookie season. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by Fox Sports West.

For more Lakers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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