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Wizards blow out Kings behind John Wall's three-point barrage

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Wizards blow out Kings behind John Wall's three-point barrage

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.

Scott's Tots:

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.

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.

Up Next:

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.

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-124 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night...

1. The Wizards couldn't do much to stop Dwight Howard in this one, but he did have one of his shots blocked. It was by the rim, though.

Watch Howard rise for an alley-oop, only to be rejected by the rim. 

That was about the only thing Howard did wrong. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds.


2. Bradley Beal didn't have a great shooting night, as he finished 7-for-22 despite dropping 22 points. He had a few nice dunks in the first half including this one:

3. John Wall had a strong game with 31 points and 11 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. This was his best assist, a thread-the-needle dish to Markieff Morris.

4. Here's another dunk from Beal, this one with two hands for good measure:

5. This was the best dunk of the night. Kelly Oubre, Jr. caught the Hornets sleeping with a nice putback slam. 

The Wizards closed their road trip a disappointing 1-2, but at least the game was entertaining.


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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

The Washington Wizards lost the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. Here's analysis of what went down...

Frustrating loss: The Wizards will not head into the Thanksgiving holiday a happy bunch. After an impressive road win at the Milwaukee Bucks, they let a winnable game slip away against the Hornets. They were up nine points with 3:32 left in the fourth, yet allowed the Hornets to force overtime and then dominate the extra period.

Defense was the problem for Washington. After holding opponents to 95 points or less in six of their last seven games, the Wizards gave up 129 points to an average offensive team. Yes, 15 of those points came in overtime, but the Wizards won't be happy with their defense after this one. They will probably regret the 53 bench points they gave up more than anything.

Beal, Wall heated up late: Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal had a rhythm in the first half, but both woke up later on for the Wizards. Wall had eight points in the first half, but on 3-for-11 shooting. Beal had seven points, but also on 3-for-11 from the field.

Stars can only be held in check for so long and Wall and Beal broke ultimately broke through. Wall had 11 points in the third quarter and Beal had seven. 

For a while it looked like Wall and Beal had taken the game over, but the Wizards couldn't take advantage despite Wall ending up with 31 points and 11 assists and Beal having 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Beal's night was highlighted by a series of dunks in the first half, including this one with two hands:


Howard was a beast: The Wizards did a good job limiting Dwight Howard this past spring when they faced the Hawks in the playoffs, but they had no such luck on Wednesday in their first meeting with Howard's Hornets. Howard was dominant down low with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job feeding him in the post and when he has position there are little options beyond sending him to the free throw line. 

Marcin Gortat (eight points, 11 rebounds) is a good match for Howard on most nights. They know each other well as former teammates with the Orlando Magic. Gortat had a fine game, but Howard was at his best on Wednesday. He was coming off of a 25-point, 20-rebound performance and he kept it going against the Wizards.

Howard also blocked Beal's buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. Beal got the ball with two seconds left and tried driving to his left down the baseline. Howard read the move and swatted the ball out of bounds. Howard then had a big bucket with less than a minute to go. He had a putback on an airballed three that was a backbreaker for the Wizards, who needed a stop.

Meeks and Scott were a plus: The Wizards got a nice boost from their bench from Jodie Meeks (nine points) and Mike Scott (13 points), two guys who have proven this season to be instant offense when they're at their best. Scott came in and hit a three with a pair of midrange jumpers in the first half. Meeks was getting it down in the paint with floaters and layups on nice cuts to the basket. 

Scott hit three threes and is now shooting 44.8 percent for the season. It's only on 29 attempts, but that's not bad at all.

Lamb was a problem: The Wizards had a lot of trouble with Hornets reserve Jeremy Lamb, who has been Charlotte's most improved player so far this season. He was a force off the bench with 24 points in 37 minutes. Lamb has always had a lot of potential as a freak athlete with a sweet jumper. He may be starting to truly put it all together.

The Wizards even tried Kelly Oubre, Jr., one of their best defenders, on him. But Lamb kept getting buckets and added seven rebounds and five assists. 

Up next: The Wizards are off for Thanksgiving and Friday. They pick back up on Saturday with the Portland Trail Blazers in town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.