Video: Wizards Stun the Lakers, Win 5th Straight Game

Look out eastern conference, the Washington Wizards are heating up. The Wiz took on the champion Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night and fended off the champs in overtime, 127-124.

The Wizards were led by their dynamic duo of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook, who combined for 55 points in the win. Beal was a knockdown scorer in OT as he scored on three straight late possessions, meanwhile it was a huge run in the second half by the Wizards that allowed them to close a 17-point deficit.

Some more from game notes via The Score:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime to trim the Wizards' lead to 125-124. Westbrook made a layup before missing a free throw, but James and Kyle Kuzma missed late 3s before the buzzer.

James had 31 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who struggled in the second half of their fourth loss in five games. Montrezl Harrell had a season-high 26 points and nine rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who have lost three straight for the first time this season — not coincidentally during three consecutive games without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schröder.

After carrying the Lakers back into the game in the fourth quarter, James made a tying layup with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, but missed the ensuing free throw to put LA ahead. Beal missed a long jumper at the buzzer. The 36-year-old James played over 43 minutes during the Lakers' fourth overtime game in 17 days, all of them at home against teams with losing records.
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