Young Tired of Getting Booed at Home
And, yes, that was the Washington Wizards — a team known to cower under large deficits — staging an improbable comeback, rallying from a 21-point hole with 20 minutes remaining to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-101, before a sellout crowd Wednesday night at Verizon Center.
“When our backs are against the wall, can’t do nothing but go up,” (Nick) Young said after scoring a game-high 19 points and handing out a career-high six assists as the Wizards snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Lakers. “We knew a lot of fans was going to be here tonight. You don’t want to keep on getting booed off your home court. It’s the Lakers. You’ve got to want to come out and play hard.”
Kobe Bryant was the player wearing a mask over his face Wednesday night, but it was the Wizards who assumed a different identity — that of a competent, resilient bunch, undeterred by a crowd that was so pro-Laker that Bryant heard chants of “M-V-P!” in the first half. Before the night was over, fans were chanting “Beat L.A.!” as the Wizards (9-29) pulled off their most incredible victory of the season.