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LOS ANGELES, Calif. Dennis Pitta Jersey . - For one entertaining half, Wayne Ellington and Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson outscored and outplayed Washingtons star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.The Wizards gathered themselves at halftime and comfortably avoided an embarrassing upset.Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, and Washington rallied from a 19-point deficit to send Los Angeles to its ninth straight loss, 98-92 on Tuesday night.Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who won their fifth straight over the Lakers with a tenacious fourth quarter after falling far behind in the first half of their third stop on a four-game West Coast trip. Washingtons locker room was an unhappy place at half, and the Wizards guards took it personally.We underestimated them way too much, Beal said. We were surprised how confident they were coming in. Given their record, we expected it to be an easy game, and they did a great job.Paul Pierce sat out for the Wizards with a sore left big toe, but Wall played on despite a sore Achilles tendon, a daylong migraine headache and another aggravated ankle after he stepped on a cameraman late in the game.Im just a competitive person, Wall said with a shrug. Im just a guy that doesnt want to let my guys down. ... I dont like to sit out games. I sat out too many (in) my first three years.Ellington scored a career-high 28 points and Clarkson had a career-high 18 for the Lakers, who are on their longest skid since April 1994.The Lakers inexperienced starting backcourt still played exceptionally well against the Wizards dynamic duo, with Ellington and Clarkson combining for 33 points in the first half.We were moving the ball, getting to the rim and getting easy shots, Clarkson said. In the third quarter, we started missing shots, made a couple of turnovers, and they just started playing in transition. John Wall is hard to stop when that happens. Hes fast. Hes one of the fastest players Ive ever played against.The Lakers could set plenty of new lows for the rest of this season without Kobe Bryant, who will have whats likely to be season-ending surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff.Their new backcourt has started just three games together. After Bryant was injured, coach Byron Scott replaced veteran point guards Ronnie Price and Jeremy Lin with Clarkson, the rookie second-round pick out of Missouri.After a rough start in the last two losses, the duo clicked immediately against Wall and Beal. Ellington and Clarkson scored 11 points apiece in the first quarter, and Ellington made his first six shots while pacing the Lakers to a 49-30 lead in the second quarter.I made up my mind Im going to come out aggressive, Ellington said. We are a team that needs to be hungry.TIP-INSWizards: Martell Webster left the game in obvious pain in the third quarter after banging knees with Lin. Webster, who committed a foul on the play, struggled to put weight on his right leg. ... Redskins WR DeSean Jackson attended the game. The star wideout is a Southern California native who attended Long Beach Poly.Lakers: The team paid tribute to Jerry Buss on what would have been his 82nd birthday, handing out commemorative rings and airing video tributes to the late owner throughout the game. ... The Lakers had won 33 straight games in which they led by at least 19 points. ... Ed Davis scored 14 points off the bench, but starter Ryan Kelly managed just one point in 20 minutes.HISTORIC LOWThe Lakers (12-34) hadnt dropped nine games in a row since losing 10 straight to close the 1993-94 season under coach Magic Johnson. Vlade Divac, Nick Van Exel and Anthony Peeler were the Lakers top scorers that season, which also was the final year of James Worthys Hall of Fame career.SWAGGY SIDELINEDNick Young didnt play after spraining his right ankle in practice on Monday. Scott hopes the streaky shooter will be available Thursday after another day of rest.UP NEXTWizards: At Phoenix on Wednesday.Lakers: Host Chicago on Thursday. Josh Bynes Ravens Jersey . Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson were among those there. The get-together also included sports agent Brodie Van Wagenen, but not Cano. Jimmy Smith Ravens Jersey . Paul, MN (SportsNetwork. ATLANTA -- Juan Nicasio took the pressure off a Rockies lineup missing some big names. Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered, Nicasio solved the Braves and Colorado beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday. The Rockies were missing some of their big bats as Carlos Gonzalez missed his third straight start with a swollen finger and Nolan Arenado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger. Arenados injury came in a 3-2 loss on Friday night, and manager Walt Weiss said he wasnt surprised his team had a strong recovery. "It was a tough night last night, a tough loss and obviously Nolans situation," Weiss said. "Just like weve been all year, this team is resilient and they turn the page and show up the next day and compete. They dont lose confidence. It was a good gut-check for us today." Nicasio (5-2) didnt need much offence. The right-hander turned around his ugly history against the Braves -- 0-3 and 9.82 ERA in four starts. He gave up only two hits in six shutout innings. Leaning on his fastball, Nicasio pitched around four walks and had five strikeouts. "To bounce back after that loss last night was big, and we rode Nicasios shoulders today," Cuddyer said. Nicasio pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. Instead of being motivated by his poor history against the Braves or the need to take pressure off a weakened lineup, Nicasio said it was an important game only because the Rockies wanted to rebound from Friday nights loss. "I know I need to win today, tie the series 1-1 and tomorrow we try to win the series," Nicasio said. Atlantas Mike Minor (2-3) allowed three runs on four hits -- including the two homers -- in 6 2-3 innings. "Im not happy with the loss but to not have your best stuff and to get a quality start out of it, Ill take it," Minor said. Trailing 3-0, the Braves tried to rally in the eighth. B.J. Upton singled off Boone Logan and moved to third on Freddie Freemans double. Justin Uptons fly to right field off Adam Ottavino drove in B.J. Upton as Freeman advanced to third. Ottavino struck out Evan Gattis to end the inning. Joe Flacco Jersey. LaTroy Hawkins, who had given up at least one run in each of his last three appearances, earned his 11th save with a perfect ninth inning. The Braves loaded the bases with two outs in the third on Nicasios walks to Jason Heyward and Freeman and a single by B.J. Upton. Justin Upton ended the inning with a foul popup. "We had the bases loaded there with the right guy at the plate early on in the game but (Nicasio) wiggled out of that one," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "There werent a lot of opportunities but we had some and when you dont cash in on opportunities you have games like this." Atlanta didnt manage another hit off Nicasio until Justin Uptons double with one out in the sixth. Nicasio retired the next two batters. Weiss successfully challenged home plate umpire Lance Barksdales call that Charlie Culberson was tagged out at the plate in the seventh. Culberson, who hit a leadoff double and moved to third on D.J. LeMahieus groundout, tried to score on pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmons grounder to first base. Culberson slid head-first with his left hand reaching for the plate as Gattis applied the tag. The call was overturned following the lengthy review -- 4 minutes, 14 seconds. Culberson, who started for Arenado at third base, had two hits. Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who was pulled from Friday nights game by Fredi Gonzalez for losing his temper after a strikeout, was 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup. Gonzalez confirmed he and catcher Gerald Laird were caught in the crossfire when Johnson broke his bat. Johnson has a history of similar outbursts and vowed he wouldnt have another incident. NOTES: The Rockies recalled INF Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The homer by Tulowitzki was the first in 71 career plate appearances at Turner Field. ... Gattis returned to Atlantas lineup after missing four games with viral symptoms. ... The series ends Sunday when Braves RHP Julio Teheran faces Rockies LHP Franklin Morales. wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap soccer jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys china ' ' ' 

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