After a disgusting loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped them below .500 for the 12th time this season, the Washington Wizards were upset and Coach Randy Wittman was wondering what more he needed to do to get his team prepared for an opponent that isn’t high up in the league standings. The Sacramento Kings arrived at Verizon Center with the second-worst record in the Western Conference, which should have presented a problem for the Wizards. But while Washington has had its struggles at home against inferior opponents, those concerns only seem to apply to the Eastern Conference. The Wizards had little difficulty holding off another losing team from the West as they claimed a 93-84 victory to move back to .500 on the season. In their final home game before the all-star break, the Wizards wanted to at least come away with a winning record on a homestand that began with such promise after wins over Oklahoma City and Portland but hit a rough patch with losses to San Antonio and the Cavaliers. With the win, the Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak to the Kings, who had won the previous two meetings at Verizon Center. Washington also drew even on the season and at home (13-13), with its final two games before the break coming on the road against Memphis and Houston. John Wall’s college coach from Kentucky, John Calipari, was in attendance to watch his former pupil. But Wall didn’t have his usual dynamic performance and looked winded trying to keep up with speedy Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, who has historically given him problems. Content with taking a back seat, Wall didn’t have any assists in the first half and only handed out four in the second half while finishing with just 12 points. Wall also had a game-high five turnovers. Nene scored a team-high 18 points, helping Wall get his first assist of the night when he cut to the basket and made an off-balanced layup while getting fouled. Nene and Bradley Beal led the Wizards with five assists apiece.
Washington rebounds with 93-84 victory over Sacramento
Washington Post | Feb 10