Kings 95, Wizards 94By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:50 AM EST
SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings hung on down the stretch for a 95-94 victory over the Washington Wizards Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 11,622 at Sleep Train Arena. The victory enabled the Kings to close out their five-game home stand with two straight wins, while the Wizards opened their five-game road swing with a disappointing defeat. The Kings (15-24) were led by DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, who each scored 21 points. Cousins led all rebounders with 16, while Evans contributed eight rebounds and eight assists. Washington's rookie first-round pick Bradley Beal led all scorers with 26 points. It was the second time in as many games that a rookie guard had established a career high against the Kings. Cleveland's Dion Waiters scored 33 Monday night in a 124-118 loss to the Kings. The Wizards controlled this contest throughout until the Kings chipped away in the fourth quarter and got to 91-91 with 1:48 remaining. Beal made six of his first 3-point field-goal attempts as the Kings inexplicably left him in the short corners. John Wall played in just his third game of the season as he attempts to bounce back from a stress injury in his left patella. Wall showed no lack of speed or quickness and put up 14 points, 10 assists and three steals. However, Wall missed two free throws with the score tied with 30.4 seconds left. Kings swingman Tyreke Evans was fouled by Nene with 11.4 seconds left and made the first of two free throws for the 95-94 margin of victory. NOTES: The Kings and Wizards played just once during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. Sacramento won 115-107 at Washington. ... Wednesday night's game ended a five-game Kings homestand. They were 1-3 entering the finale. ... Nine of Sacramento's next 11 games are away from home, including a three-game road swing that starts Friday in Memphis. ... Kings reserve guard Jimmer Fredette entered the game second in the league in free-throw shooting (91.4 percent) and 10th in 3-point field-goal accuracy (42.7 percent). ... Sacramento coach Keith Smart has been watching the Wizards. "The biggest thing for them was to get healthy. When they get Nene back, they get a veteran center who has played against the best big men the league has to offer. Then John Wall comes back, and we know he's a talent. The guys who played while they had injuries got experience, so it helped their team all around."
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