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What we learned as Kings fall to Wiz, drop eighth straight

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SACRAMENTO -- When will it end?

The Kings came up short for the eighth consecutive game Wednesday night when the 20-win Washington Wizards rolled into Golden 1 Center and pounded them by a final of 123-111.

Bradley Beal dropped 31 on the Kings and Russell Westbrook tossed in a 25-point, 15-rebound, 11 assist triple-double to pace the Wizards. 

Sacramento fell behind early and never found a way to break through. They were outrebounded, gave up too many points in the paint and never showed the defensive intensity needed to win the game.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped to 22-33 on the season. 

Fast

De’Aaron Fox grew up watching Westbrook and now he’s in the league, starring against one of his favorite players. 

The pair of lighting quick guards went at it all night long. Westbrook threw up his standard triple-double and Fox went into attack mode. 

Fox finished with 33 points on 13-for-28 shooting. He added six assists, five rebounds and six steals to help keep the Kings close for most of the night.  

Buddy Buckets

After having his consecutive games played streak end at 272 on Monday, Buddy Hield came into Wednesday questionable. Not only did he play, but he made a tremendous impact on the Kings’ offense.

Hield caught fire from distance, scoring 16 of his 19 points before the two teams could get into the locker room for halftime. 

When Hield is on, he’s an incredible weapon. Early in the first half, he hit his 1,000 3-pointer as a member of the Kings and he finished the night 4-for-9 from long range.

 

Showing up

The second go around for Hassan Whiteside hasn’t been pretty on most nights. The 7-footer isn’t built for the Kings’ up tempo style, but every once in a while, he makes an impact.

With the Wizards running layup lines against Sacramento’s defense, coach Luke Walton turned to Whiteside to gum up the lane and he responded with a solid performance.

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Whiteside posted 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and four blocks. It wasn’t a perfect showing, but with Richaun Holmes out for a few games with a hamstring injury, the Kings are going to need the veteran big.