The Kings destroy the Wizards 109-86 in an uninspiring effort. Rudy Gay was on fire and led the way for the Kings with 26 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in just 23 minutes of play. Overall, this was a pretty embarrassing effort for a team fighting for playoff position against a team whose season is practically over.
Bradley Beal was the only positive for this team tonight. He started off the first quarter hot going 4-5 from the field with nine points and 19 overall. Things weren’t falling for Nene so in typical Nene fashion, he started forcing shots. Fortunately he was getting fouled and got to the line.
Omri Caspi who was very quiet the first time these teams met played much better. He had eights points and three assists in the first quarter alone which was better than his overall performance here in D.C.
The Kings started the quarter shooting 67% on 10-15 shooting. The Wizards shot a not too shabby 52% but still found themselves trailing 35-29 after one.
Derrick Williams opened up the second quarter with his second monstrous dunk flying through the lane as the Wizards looked lost on defense. DeMarcus Cousins picked up his third foul at the 8:12 mark of the second quarter and you thought the Wizards would have been able to take advantage of that. Not so much. Rudy Gay continued his hot shooting as the Kings led 57-50 at halftime.
The third quarter started off disastrously for the Wiz. Breakaway dunks and layups by Ben McLemore and the Wizards found themselves down 13 at the snap of a finger. That lead ballooned to 17 very quickly. The Wizards made one last push in the third quarter to cut the lead to 15 but the Kings had an answer. A three pointer by McLemore and another transition layup had the Kings back up 20.
The bench players for both teams closed this one out in an uneventful fourth quarter. The Wizards put Martell Webster in to start the fourth and that is their way of “waiving the white flag.” Kings win 109-86.
Paul Pierce looked old and lazy tonight. He wasn’t getting calls so he retaliated with some frustration fouls and got hit with a flagrant. Drew Gooden continues to provide solid energy off the bench but this team desperately needs Humphries to come back. Rasual Butler continued to struggle scoring just four points in 20 minutes of action.
Just when you think the Wizards are starting to catch a groove, a 23 points loss to the Kings happens.