Washington ends their west coast road trip with a much-needed blowout win, 110-83 over the Sacramento Kings as the Wizards go 2-2 on this early east coast road trip.
The Wizards stormed out to a 35-16 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they led by as many as 35 at one point in the second half.
John Wall led the team in scoring with 19 points on 7-12 shooting and tied a career-high with five three-pointers. Otto Porter chipped in with 16 points while Bradley Beal added 15 points, as the Wizards starters were able to rest for the entire fourth quarter.
Washington uses a big first quarter to blow out the Kings
After three nail-biters early in the road trip, this one had no suspense. Washington started the game on a 13-0 run holding Sacramento scoreless through the first 4:51 of the game and never looked back. John Wall, who’s struggled from three-point range this season, was knocking down three-pointers early, which helped propel the early run.
As we’ve come to expect, Otto Porter was slicing in the lane for herky-jerky layups and continued his hot three-point shooting as well.
The Wizards shot a smoking-hot 59 percent from the field including 6-8 from three-point range as they’d ride a 35-16 lead after the first quarter to an easy win.
Wizards stay hot from three-point range
Washington struggled a bit through the first four games of the season from three-point range but looked to have turned the corner against Golden State on Friday night. They backed that up with another terrific outing connecting on 17-34 (50%) three-pointers tonight.
As mentioned, Wall was terrific knocking down his first five as he finished the night 5-6 from distance. Otto Porter was once again rock solid as he knocked down 3-5 attempts. Lastly, Oubre’s stroke still looks terrific as he was 2-4.
Washington also benefited from the reserves chipping in to hit six long balls.
The bench was solid tonight
It’s hard to take much away from a blowout win over a bad team but the bench held their own tonight. Mike Scott led the way for the reserve unit with 13 points including a personal 11-0 run in the second quarter. Scott was very active on the offensive glass with a nice putback layup to get his night started followed by a corner three-pointer. Scott has been the most up-and-down of the reserve unit so it’ll be nice if the Wizards can get more nights like this from him.
As we know, Jodie Meeks isn’t a bit gun shy as he jacked up 11 shots tonight connecting on just three of them. Even though his shot wasn’t falling, the Wizards are going to need a scoring punch off the bench and Meeks is making it known that he’s that guy.
- Tim Frazier still isn’t a scoring threat but is making his mark in the assist category as he had six tonight.
- Washington was a little careless with the ball turning it over 17 times tonight. It clearly didn’t matter tonight but it’s best to keep that number under 15.
- Jason Smith returned from his shoulder injury but struggled, knocking down just 1-7 shots.
- Chris McCullough saw his first action of the season scoring five points and playing a majority of the fourth quarter in a blowout win.
Washington heads home to Capital One Arena to play another bottom of the barrel western conference foe in Phoenix on Wednesday night.