LeBron James had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 124-106 on Tuesday night for their first back-to-back victories since mid-January.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points and JaVale McGee had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost 20 of 27 and plummeted out of the playoff race since their last set of consecutive wins.

Two days after beating Sacramento, the Lakers comfortably won this meeting of 11th-place teams whose playoff dreams have been wrecked by injuries. Washington has lost John Wall and Dwight Howard, while the Lakers don’t have Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart or Reggie Bullock.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half for the Wizards, who opened a four-game road trip with their fifth straight loss. Washington (30-45) is on the brink of missing the playoffs for just the second time in six seasons.

The Lakers are out for the sixth consecutive season, tripling the previous longest postseason absence in franchise history.

Los Angeles opened a 19-point lead in the third quarter despite Beal’s 17 points in the period. Washington trimmed it to single digits midway through the fourth, but James and Caldwell-Pope hit big shots down the stretch.

Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, top, is fouled by Washington Wizards' Bobby Portis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, top, is fouled by Washington Wizards’ Bobby Portis during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

James fell three rebounds short of his second consecutive triple-double. He is fourth in the NBA with eight triple-doubles this season even though he has only played in 54 games during his first year with the Lakers.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Trevor Ariza started despite a groin injury, but the former Lakers swingman played only seven minutes. The product of Westchester High School and UCLA had missed Washington’s previous two games. … Thomas Bryant had seven points and six rebounds against his former team. He showed promise as a rookie last season while playing 15 games for the Lakers and making the All-G League first team, but their front office waived him in July to save $1.38 million in salary cap room. He has started 46 games for Washington.

The Los Angeles Lakers bench reacts after Lance Stephenson pulled an ankle breaker on Washington Wizards' Jeff Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Los Angeles Lakers bench reacts after Lance Stephenson pulled an ankle breaker on Washington Wizards’ Jeff Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Lakers: Bullock missed his second straight game with right plantar fasciitis. … Coach Luke Walton will wait to see how James feels in the morning before deciding whether he’ll play at Utah on Wednesday night. The Lakers are managing the 34-year-old superstar’s minutes late in their lost season. … James airballed a free throw in the first quarter. He entered the game hitting a career-worst 66.9 percent of his free throws.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, grabs a pass under defense by Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, grabs a pass under defense by Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Lakers: At the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, center, goes up for a dunk as Washington Wizards' Jabari Parker, bottom left, and Tomas Satoransky look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, goes up for a dunk as Washington Wizards’ Jabari Parker, bottom left, and Tomas Satoransky look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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