BOSTON — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.
"It's just in my head, to be honest," Ball, 20, said. "I know I can shoot the ball."
The Lakers rookie had nine points in a 107-96 loss Wednesday at Boston, going 4-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range. On Thursday in Washington, he had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. But the No. 2 overall pick, who came in making just 29.5 percent from the field, went just 3-for-12 (25 percent).
This after he hit 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3 in his lone season at UCLA.
"It's a long season. Just have to stay positive and keep putting in work," Ball said. "It's going to show for itself. Obviously, right now I'm not making no shots. But I'm going to keep shooting."
Ball said the Lakers haven't suggested tweaking his funky shooting mechanics, which include pushing the ball with his right hand from next to his left ear. "I'm just trying to work on balance. That's what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me," Ball said. "That's the problem right now. Just balance."
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: John Wall and the Wizards managed to make a double-digit lead hold up against the visiting Lakers, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 and Bradley Beal 22 in a 111-95 victory. When the teams played last month in Los Angeles, the Wizards led by 10 entering the fourth before the Lakers wound up winning 102-99 in overtime. … DeMar DeRozan scored 33, Serge Ibaka had 19 and the host Raptors beat the Pelicans for a fifth straight time, 122-118.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 for criticizing officials after a loss Tuesday in Cleveland. Milwaukee was called for 31 fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws.