Despite DeMarcus Cousins scoring 22 points, the Sacramento Kings were outplayed against the Washington Wizards tonight 113-99, with their record now standing at 11-17.
For the majority of the game, the Kings had no answer in stopping both John Wall and Marcin Gortat, as Wall finished the game with 12 points and 19 assists, and Gortat who scored a whopping 27 points, leading all players.
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These two players were able to put Washington on their back for the first three quarters, where the game was tied at the end of the third. But when the fourth quarter came into play, things went downhill for Sacramento.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Kings were getting triumphed by the Wizards, resulting in Washington outscoring them 29-15. This time though it wasn’t the Wall-Gortat combo that steamrolled Sacramento, but other players like Ramon Sessions, Garrett Temple, and Kris Humphries that were having their way.
Again for Sacramento, it was their defense that cost them this game. When you are leaving players open, and giving them high-percentage shot to take, most likely it is going to bite you in butt, and that is exactly what happened to Sacramento tonight.
Overall, it was discouraging to see the Kings lose this game, especially since it was theirs for the taking. The Washington Wizards personnel is beat up right now, as players like Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, and Nene Hilario were inactive for this game. With the Wizards being short-changed, the Kings could have easily won, but sloppy play and poor defense ultimately lead them to not getting the job done.
Although it’s upsetting to see Sacramento lose this game, it wasn’t at all surprising. The Kings this season have been notorious for losing winnable games, and this matchup will join that list of frustrating defeats.
The Kings next matchup will be in Indiana on Wednesday night against the Pacers. It’s the final destination of the Kings current four game road trip, so hopefully they can end their road trip with a win, and a .500 record.