Washington Wizards 117 - Lakers 107 (end of regulation)
The Lakers' race to the bottom continued on Friday night, in a 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center -- but team fought until the end, almost literally.
With just over two minutes left in the fourth, Nick Young and Drew Gooden got into a scuffle after battling for a rebound. Gooden was called for a flagrant 2 and ejected. Young was given a technical, after pushing Gooden, in what appeared to be the face.
After falling behind by as many 21 to the Wizards, the Lakers rallied in the third quarter but not enough to give the Wizards more than a minor scare.
Pau Gasol missed a pair of free throws with 45.7 seconds left that could have brought the Lakers within five.
Instead the Wizards improved to 36-33, led by John Wall with 28 points and 14 assists.
The Lakers fall to 22-46, led by Jodie Meeks and Young, with 21 points apiece.
Steve Nash returned to the court, playing in just his 11th game of the season with nerve, back, hamstring and knee issues. The veteran point guard scored five points while dishing 11 assists.
Young and Hill also made their way back into active duty from knee injuries. Hill finished with nine points and 14 rebounds.
Gasol also had a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
The Wizards shot 48.3% from the field and 40.0% from three-point range (10-25). Bradley Beal scored 18 and Al Harrington had 15. Both Marcin Gortat (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Gooden (11 points, 11 rebounds) gave the Wizards double-doubles.
The Lakers hit 47.3% of their shots and 36.8% from three-point range (7-19) but the home team also turned the ball over 21 times.
Washington wasn't much better with 20 turnovers.
Wizards 87 - Lakers 81 (end of third quarter)
By the end of the period, the Lakers were down just six.
John Wall led all scorers with 24 points along with 13 assists. The Wizards shot 49.3% from the field and 47.6% from three-point range (10-21).