The Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 110-83 on Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center.
Here's analysis of what happened...
In Total Control:
The Wizards were coming off two losses entering Sunday, including one against a bad Lakers team, and it was clear very early in this one they weren't letting that happen again.
This time the Wizards took care of business against a lottery-bound team and completely blew the Kings out of the water. They began the game with a 13-0 lead and were up by 31 at halftime.
The Kings looked absolutely dreadful. John Wall (19 points, nine assists) was far too much for fifth overall pick De'Aaron Fox, who missed his first five shots and finished 1-for-8 with two points. Sacramento had 32 points after two quarters with no players in double figures.
The Wizards had some built-up frustration from their losses to the Lakers and Warriors and the Kings felt the brunt of that. It was easily the Wizards' best game of the season so far.
Wall's Jumper was Grooving:
Wall came into the game shooting just 36.8 percent from the field, but the Kings simply couldn't stop him. He was hitting midrange jumpers with ease and tied a career-high with five three-pointers. Wall made his first five threes before missing one. After going 4-for-21 from three in his first five games, Wall was 5-for-6 against the Kings.
There was much anticipation for Wall's games against Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick, and Lonzo Ball, the second pick in this past June's draft. But it was against Fox that Wall had his best performance. There's some irony there in that Fox is a very similar player, as Wall has even said himself. Both are 6-foot-4 with blazing speed and from the University of Kentucky.
All of the Threes:
Wall wasn't the only Wizards player lighting it up from long range. After their breakout game of 15 threes against the Warriors, the Wizards kept it going against Sacramento with 17 threes. The franchise record is 18, set back in 2013. Otto Porter (16 points) had three and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (nine points) had two. Nine different Wizards players hit at least one three.
Sunday was unusual, but it was only a matter of time before the Wizards broke out from three. Now they just need Bradley Beal to wake up, as he's just 6-for-24 on the year. Some team sometime soon is going to pay for that.
The Kings didn't have a chance from the very start, but Mike Scott helped the Wizards' build their big lead in the first half. At one point Scott scored 11 straight points for the Wizards including a nice fadeaway in the lane.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) October 29, 2017
- Wayne Gretzky"
- Mike Scott pic.twitter.com/G2zMdrx6Mz
Scott finished with 14 points. After going 2-for-10 against the Lakers, Scott is 10-for-16 in his last two games with 27 points and 11 rebounds. He's making a big impact off the bench.
The Wizards finally return home after a lengthy West Coast trip. They will have two days off before hosting the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.