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Wizards 'sick' of Lakers fans in D.C., glad to shut them up in win

Wizards 'sick' of Lakers fans in D.C., glad to shut them up in win

No matter if they are among the worst teams in the league, and regardless if Kobe Bryant has long since retired, it's a yearly guarantee that Lakers fans will show up to road games and make their presence felt, even if that opponent is playing much better than they are as of late.

On Thursday night at the Verizon Center, hundreds - if not thousands - of fans in purple and yellow showed up (late, as they do) and made a lot of noise, particularly in the fourth quarter. They chanted 'Let's Go Lakers,' as L.A. closed the gap against the Wizards, only to be disappointed as Washington pulled away for a 116-108 victory.

Their presence was noticed by Wizards players, who took pleasure in shutting them up.

"I'm sick of that, too. That's terrible. It felt like we were on the road today. But that's for another time," Beal said. "Honestly, it's the best feeling in the world seeing all the fans in yellow leaving with two minutes left."

The second quote was said by Beal over the loudspeaker at the Verizon Center in his postgame interview with Wizards radio color analyst Glenn Consor. He looked up at the stands as he said it, then walked to the locker room.

Beal wasn't the only player who mentioned it afterwards.

"We let the Lakers fans get into it," point guard John Wall said. "I wasn't [happy with that]."

"There were a lot of Lakers fans," forward Markieff Morris said. "That's not our fans, you know? They got Lakers fans everywhere, so you can't really put it on our crowd. They were there when we needed them."

Wall had 16 points in the fourth quarter and said the Lakers fans helped inspire him to take over.

"Just hearing the crowd make big Lakers chants. That just made me mad. I did what I had to do to try to get a win for us," he said.

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Morris continued to explain how that's just par for the course in the NBA. The same thing happened when he was with the Phoenix Suns.

"It's the Lakers. They travel everywhere. It doesn't matter where they are at. You could have 30 [straight wins] at home, they still have their fans. It's just one of those things. It's been like that since I got in the league," he said.

Head coach Scott Brooks also knows that well as an 11-year veteran as a player and after 17 years as an NBA coach.

"There were some Lakers fans, but that was expected. Lakers travel well. But our crowd has been good and we complain about how we have played at home," Brooks said.

The Lakers are fifth in average road attendance with only the Cavaliers, Warriors, Thunder and Spurs ahead of them. That is despite the fact the Lakers are 17-35 on the year and feature no All-Stars.

Wall says he knows the deal.

"Our fans were still here. They were cheering," Wall said. "But the Lakers are a big-time organization that has won a lot of championships. They have a fanbase. It's kind of like the Celtics, they have one of those fanbases. They are one of those legendary teams. We understand it. We dealt with it before when Kobe was playing."

As Morris put it, don't be surprised if it happens again when they come back to Washington.

"Let the Lakers go. They will be back next year," he said.

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' 16th straight home win over Lakers]

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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS INJURY REPORT

Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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