4 takeaways from the Kings’ disappointing loss to the Wizards/CK Podcast 271
WASHINGTON D.C. – A DeMarcus Cousins drive to the basket with 10 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 92, followed by a missed game winner by John Wall forced overtime in the nations capital.
Sacramento managed to only score three points in overtime allowing the Wizards to pull away with a 101-95 victory on Monday night. The Kings now fall 0-3 on the season in overtime games.
Cousins led all scorers with 36 points and had a season-high 20 rebounds. Cousins’ four consecutive 30-point games are the most consecutive 30-point games in Kings history since Chris Webber did it in 2001.
With an almost empty Version Center in Downtown D.C. and the matchup advantages in their favor, the Kings weren’t able to take advantage of a season-high 15 steals. Sacramento only managed to score 11 points off turnovers to Washington’s 22.
Wall committed 11 of the Wizards 24 turnovers, while shooting a dismal 6-of-16 from the field, finishing with 19 points.
Going down by eight points early in the first quarter, the Kings bench rallied back to take a 22-10 bench scoring advantage over the Wizards regaining a 53-50 halftime lead.
Rudy Gay came out strong in the third scoring six straight points for the Kings adding on to the halftime lead. Gay finished with 18 points on the night.
As a tired Cousins and Gay took their third quarter rest, the Kings bench failed to produce like they did in the first half ultimately letting the Wizards regain the lead 74-72 heading into the final period of play.
The Washington lead grew to eight halfway through the fourth before Gay and Cousins were inserted with five minutes to go in the quarter.
The duo led by Cousins cut the Wizards lead down in striking range to force overtime but could not come out on top as they both went cold in the extra session.
Sacramento’s first six shots of overtime were jump shots going 0-for-6 followed by a pair of Cousins missed free throws.
Free throws and the three point line weren’t friendly to the men in purple as they went 16-of-26 from the stripe, while shooting only 14 percent on 3-of-21 shooting from deep.
Takeaways from D.C.
Matt Barnes is playing more aggressive but still struggling from the field as he went 1-of-6 on the night. Barnes nearly caught his second flagrant in a row as he went to challenge a Wizards layup. Barnes was the victim of what looked to be a flagrant foul committed by Andre Nicholson, but was deemed as a common foul.
Ty Lawson led the bench by scoring 12 points in 24 minutes. Lawson looked very aggressive and quick on the night playing great defense as well as in transition. Lawson had three steals on the night.
Willie Cauley-Stein came in the game off the bench and produced very efficiently. In 14 minutes, Cauley-Stein scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, grabbing three rebounds along with one steal and a block.
Like many games this season, the Kings can’t contain the shooting guard of the opposing team. Bradley Beal scored 31 points on the night shooting 7-of-13 from three. Guarding Beal seemed like a problem for the Kings all night as Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple could not get it done.
The Kings continue their six game road trip on Wednesday night in Philadelphia against Joel Embiid and the 76ers. Tip off is at 4:00 PM PST.