John Wall Goes Off for 40 Against the Lakers in DC

Arnold Nichols
December 19, 2018

The Rockets had the upper hand in the first quarter with a 29-24 scoreline; the Lakers played better in the second quarter which finished on 33-32 in favour of the Rockets. In NBA history only to Wilt Chamberlain in the match against the Lakers managed to register a triple-double with at least 50 points.

"This is one of the first times ever that he said, 'Give me a couple of minutes, '" Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. I'm just keeping it real. "There will be times when a guy gets hit and he can't get through and you have to switch, but now it's on a have-to basis, not a we-want-to basis".

Historically, it was a night to remember.

A day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, James was limited to a season-low 13 points, along with six rebounds and three assists, while making just five of 16 shots.

"I think they wait until the summer to look into a big move involving a player like Ingram", the agent said.

Recently acquired reserve forward Sam Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76. "These last two games we're playing pretty well". Willingly wearing the suit shorts for Game 2 despite all the criticism was a bold choice, and perhaps that also nets James a few extra points.

After the Heat's 108-105 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 10, which was likely the last time Wade and James will play each other in the NBA, James had a lot to say about his longtime friend and former teammate.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket in overtime between Lonzo Ball #2 and Kyle Kuzma #0 during a 143-142 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center
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Brooklyn then used a 12-0 run to turn a two-point edge into its largest lead, going ahead 79-65 on Hollis-Jefferson's three-point play with 7:27 remaining in the third quarter.

During Ingram's four-game suspension, Kuzma averaged 21.8 points in a more increased role.

LeBron James remains one of the best players in the league. They trailed by five with under three minutes left in the half before a 13-3 finishing surge for a 62-57 lead.

Lakers: Michael Beasley was back with the team, but didn't play, after being away for personal reasons.

Walton was surprised to hear that Ball paused on the baseline with a preening gesture to punctuate a second-half dunk he threw down - "He does a lot without showing emotion", Walton said - and also expressed amazement that only two pairs of Lakers teammates turned in triple-double duty on the same night before.

"We're not going to overreact", said coach James Borrego.

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