John Wall finished with 24 points and a career high 16 assists as Washington rallied from an 18-point deficit to edge Los Angeles 103-100 Friday, spoiling the return of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Trevor Ariza scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who trailed by 18 (59-41) a minute into the third quarter.
American Bryant missed the past two games with an ankle sprain and Gasol, of Spain, had sat out the last 20 games with a foot injury.
Bryant finished with 21 points and 11 assists and Gasol had just four points and eight rebounds. Bryant's potential game tying three-point shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost back-to-back contests.
The Wizards have now won five of their last six games. They saw their lead trimmed to 101-100 following a Bryant three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left.
Wall then hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to help seal the win.