July 22, 2014

Washington Wizards Game 67 Recap: Thomas, Kings roll past Wizards in OT

The Washington Wizards were poised to start their four-game west coast trip with a win, leading by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal each posted 19 points apiece and Drew Gooden added another 18 to lead the six Wizards who reached double-digit points Tuesday night.

But, the Sacramento Kings – led by Isaiah Thomas – simply outplayed the now 35-32 squad as Washington fell 117-111 at Sleep Train Arena. Thomas was well on his way to recording his first career triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists when the Wizards seemingly ran out of gas.

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay helped lead Sacramento’s late push. Cousins tallied 12 of his 24 points and Gay added 10 of his own 24 in the fourth quarter to bring the Wizards within sight. In fact, it was Gay’s running hook shot with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation that sent the two teams into overtime.

In the extra period, Trevor Ariza and John Wall kept things close to start before Bradley Beals’ 24-footer put Washington up 109-107 with 1:40 remaining.

But, once again, Cousins and Gay outran the Wizards, combining for six points in less than a minute. Gortat added a layup to the Wizards’ efforts but it proved too little too late as Thomas’s four late free throws kept Sacramento on top through the remainder of the extra period.

The loss is a bit of an embarrassing one for Washington – not simply because the team appeared to let up long before the contest was over, but also because it brought the Wizards down to sixth in the East, just one percentage point behind the Brooklyn Nets (34-31).

Things will only get tougher as Washington will face the Portland Trail Blazers (44-24) Thursday night before taking on the sub-.500 Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 43: Isaiah Thomas, Kings prove too much for Washington to handle

Turnovers and defensive blunders cost the Washington Wizards (11-32) big Monday night at the Verizon Center as the Sacramento Kings (17-29) ended the team’s quest for six straight wins at home with a 96-94  loss determined in the game’s final seconds.

Emeka Okafor tallied a season-high 23 points and added 15 rebounds for his tenth double-double, while John Wall, Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin each posted double-digit points.

But, there was just no slowing Isaiah Thomas – even when it looked like the Wizards had a shot at turning out on top in the final seconds of the game, as they have in recent contests.

The fourth quarter started off as one of the Wizards’ ugliest stretches this season. Nearly eight minutes into the fourth, the Wizards had managed to score just five points – and a handful of their passes for open shots were downright atrocious. Washington’s defense looked sluggish and worse yet, it seemed at times that nearly every player in Wizards uniform who touched the ball turned it over. In fact, the Wizards committed 12 of their 20 turnovers in the second half alone. [Read more...]

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