Final Score: Wizards 111 Kings 117 (OT) This was definitely one of the toughest losses of the year to take. The Wizards came up just short in Sacramento, falling to the Kings in OT, 117-111. The game started off so ugly with the Wizards going down by double digits early. But at the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third, Washington went on a huge run, to go up by as many as nine and they led for just about the entire second half. Up by two with 17 seconds to go, Wall had a chance to seal it at the free throw line but couldn't hit either of the two free throws and Gay went down and drilled a tough runner with five seconds left. Beal's jumper at the buzzer came up just short and we went to OT where the Kings were just a little bit better and pulled out the win.
The Kings are the only team in the league to have three guys who average more than 20 points per game and all three showed up in a big way. Isaiah Thomas had a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Rudy Gay finished with 24 points, hitting big shot after big shot down the stretch.
For the Wizards, Marcin Gortat had a big double-double with 19 points on 7/12 shooting and 14 rebounds. Drew Gooden had another fantastic performance off the bench, scoring 18 points on 7/10 shooting. Beal had 19 points but shot just 7/23 from the field while Wall had 14 on 5/12 shooting to go along with eight assists. The Wizards as a team shot 44% from the field and were just 20/30 from the free throw line. The Kings in contrast shot 31/40 from the charity stripe. The Kings also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Wizards 57-41.
It's a very tough way to start the west coast swing, but the Wizards will have to bounce back Thursday in Portland. - Jacob Raim
We're here in Sacramento to kick off our west coast swing. The last real road trip of the season. Crazy. But, after this week, it's just one game trips for the last three and a half weeks before we get to the playoffs.
Hopefully everyone has adjusted to the time change as we flew in yesterday and went right to practice. The idea being to get the players legs loose after a long flight and to start adjusting to the Pacific time zone. Practice had some good spirit to it and the guys really seemed focused and committed now that we're in the final month of the season.
Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat talked about starting this trip off the right way here in Sacramento and a little bit about tonight opponent; the Kings.
They should each get a good matchup tonight, as Booker goes up against a fellow grinder in Reggie Evans, while Gortat will get DeMarcus Cousins, who's expected to start tonight after missing Sunday's game with a sore knee. Booker and Evans both get the tags as hustle players who bring energy, so we'll see who wins the hustle award between the two. Gortat held Cousins to just 3/16 shooting the last time these two teams played in Washington and if he can do anything close to that again, the Wizards will be in good shape tonight. Gortat is averaging 15.4 points and 11.1 rebounds since the All-Star break.
The Kings don't have the record to show it, but they are no pushover. They are the only team in the NBA with three 20 point scorers (Cousins, Gay, Thomas), and can really put up points with anyone. They saw Derrick Williams, the former #2 overall pick, come off the bench and put up 26 points in a loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He's someone to keep an eye on when the Kings go to their second unit.
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The Wizards enter tonight with the third best road record (18-15) in the Eastern Conference and look to show the west why that is with a win tonight in Sacramento.
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