Despite an impressive performance by rookie guard Tyrone Bogues, the Washington Bullets lost their third straight NBA exhibition game, 113-106, to the Los Angeles Lakers last night at Capital Centre.

Trailing by 87-77 after three quarters, Washington took a 105-104 lead with 2:13 left. Following a timeout, however, the defending NBA champion Lakers scored five straight points to regain control.

Lakers all-star Magic Johnson led all scorers with 23 points and added nine assists; reserve forward Mychal Thompson had 21 points. Center Moses Malone had 22 points for the Bullets, with forward John Williams adding 18 points -- 12 in the fourth quarter.

The 5-foot-3 Bogues, the Bullets' first-round draft choice from Wake Forest, had 12 points -- all in the second quarter -- and finished with nine assists. Four of those came in the fourth quarter, when Washington tried to match the Lakers' vaunted fast break.

"There's so much involved in running the basketball, not just moving up and down the floor," said Bullets Coach Kevin Loughery. "There's rebounding, getting the wing people in scoring position and getting them to take it to the hoop. But this guy {Bogues} will get it there."

Bogues' passing ability was displayed during Washington's fourth-quarter rally. On one play, Bogues lofted an alley oop pass from half court to Terry Catledge for a layup that made the score 104-103, Los Angeles, with 2:53 left. On Washington's next possession he deftly hit Malone on an arcing pass through traffic that led to two free throws that gave Washington its short-lived lead.

That wasn't enough to stop the Lakers, though. Even with Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar on the bench, the visitors were able to rally. Thompson hit a turnaround jumper that was followed by three free throws; one by reserve Mike Smrek and two by former Maryland star Adrian Branch.