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SACRAMENTO -- Rarely do you see a team put together their best half of basketball of the season, followed by their worst quarter. That is what the Kings did Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings could do no wrong through the first 24 minutes, torching Washington (22-38) for 76 points heading to the intermission. In the third quarter, it was all Wizards.

Riding the hot shooting of Bradley Beal and a complete meltdown from the Kings, the Wizards dropped 46 points on the Kings in the 12 minutes following the break to tie the game at 95-95 heading to the fourth.

On their home floor, Sacramento led by as many as 28 points, and then held on for dear life for the 133-126 victory. 

Beal lit the Kings up for 35 points and five other Wizards scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings picked up their third straight win to improve to 27-34 and move into sole possession of ninth place in the Western Conference standings.

What in the world

Scoring 76 points in a half is an incredible feat for Sacramento. It was their highest-scoring half of the season. Giving up 46 points in the third quarter was also shocking.

Luke Walton was so frustrated with what was happening on the court that he picked up a pair of technical fouls and had to watch from the locker room.

In the immortal words of Buddy Hield, “It be like that sometimes.” The Kings have to be better than this. When you have a team on the ropes on your home floor, finish them off. 

 

Record-setter

Through his first four seasons in the NBA, Hield isn’t just a really good 3-point shooter, he’s historically great from long range.

With his barrage of triples in the first half, Hield surpassed Damian Lillard's NBA record of 828 made 3-pointers through the first four years of his career. Hield has another 21 games to build on his record.

Hield finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. He added four assists and five rebounds in the win.

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Fox closes

De’Aaron Fox is growing into his role as the Kings’ best player. Since the calendar turned to 2020, the third-year guard has taken his game to another level.

While he struggled with turnovers and handed out just one assist, Fox was a closer for the Kings in the fourth. He finished the night with 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting and added three steals in the win.

Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harry Giles, Cory Joseph, Alec Len and Harrison Barnes all put up solid performances, but Fox put on a show in a wild victory for Sacramento.