LeBron James, Lakers Fall to Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal, Wizards in OT

Scott Polacek
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Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews, left, defends and forward LeBron James watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews, left, defends and forward LeBron James watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Washington Wizards are starting to turn things around following a brutal start.

Washington extended its winning streak to five with a dramatic 127-124 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Monday's showdown at Staples Center. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal spearheaded the effort for the visitors, who improved to 11-17 on the season by overcoming a 17-point deficit in the second half.

Los Angeles is still an impressive 22-10 but is trending in the opposite direction with three straight losses and a 1-4 mark in its last five games. LeBron James and Montrezl Harrell led the way for the Purple and Gold, who were once again without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder.

James and Kyle Kuzma both had chances to force double-overtime with three-pointers in the final seconds but missed.

What's Next?

The Wizards will remain in Los Angeles and play the Clippers on Tuesday, while the Lakers will travel to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

This article will be updated shortly to provide more information on this game.

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