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Wizards at Lakers final score: Washington loses 10th straight, 119-117

Bradley Beal returned and the Wizards had a strong effort. But LeBron James made clutch plays and this effort was still not put to good use.

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers
Bradley Beal returned to play for the Wizards tonight.
Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s safe to say that the Washington Wizards want to win more than any other team in the NBA. After all, they have the NBA’s longest losing streak. Unfortunately, they still have the longest losing streak after a 119-117 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.

Washington was able to keep the score relatively even in the first quarter, but allowed the Lakers to shoot 63.6 percent from the field in the second quarter and head into halftime with a 66-52 lead. LeBron James scored 15 of his team-high 33 points then for LA.

The Wizards were able to make a big comeback in the third quarter, shooting 56.5 percent from the field, with Bradley Beal, who returned from a hamstring injury and Kristaps Porzingis scoring a combined 24 of Washington’s 36 points in the period. They held the Lakers to just 33.3 percent shooting which allowed them to head into the fourth quarter with a 88-87 lead.

Washington was able to keep the game close and was tied 115-all and 117-all with less than 30 second left in the game. However, James dunked the ball for the Lakers with 27 seconds left and assisted Thomas Bryant for another dunk with just 7.4 seconds left. A Kuzma three point attempt on the following possession was not enough. Bryant, who played for the Wizards last season, scored 17 points tonight.

Beal scored 29 points in his return and Kuzma added 22 points for Washington. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 more points.

The Wizards will begin the second half of their west coast road trip by heading to Phoenix to play the Suns on Tuesday. Tip off is at 9 p.m. ET. See you then.