The Washington Wizards’ 117-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers was pretty much secured when Trevor Ariza tracked a rebound in front of his bench and handed the ball off to John Wall — but the fireworks were just about to begin. Before Wall could even start up the court, tempers flared after Drew Gooden got tangled with former Wizard Nick Young and ripped through his arm, leading to some pushing, shoving, unnecessary grasping and overall confusion at Staples Center.
The late skirmish — which resulted in Gooden’s ejection and technical fouls for both Young and Lakers backup forward Jordan Hill — marred a win that secured Washington’s first two-game sweep of the Lakers since 2004-05, the last time the storied franchise missed the playoffs.
“Pretty strange, but I guess you got to prepare for anything. Luckily, it didn’t get out of hand,” Ariza said after the Wizards improved to 36-33 and stayed a game behind Brooklyn for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
With the Wizards le...