Takeaways from Wizards' narrow win over Kings, Beal's big night


Not much had been going right for the Wizards, who were turnover- and foul-prone from the opening tip Monday. But they one-upped the Sarcamento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins with Bradley Beal in a 101-95 overtime win.

Cousins (36 points, 20 rebounds) made some difficult shots being defended mostly by Marcin Gortat away from the rim, but Beal shot 7-for-13 from three-point range to lead the Wizards with 31 points. His seven threes are a new career-high.

The Wizards (6-10) had 24 turnovers in a game that had no flow for the first three quarters. Their defense then took over from there, holding the Kings to 20 points in the fourth quarter and just three points in overtime.

Otto Porter (15 points, 8 rebounds), John Wall (19 points, 11 assists) and Kelly Oubre (10 points, 10 rebounds) filled out the box score behind Beal.

Rudy Gay (18 points) and Ty Lawson (12 points) also contributed for Sacramento (7-11).

-- Perhaps forcing the issue too much in an attempt to get whistles and to the foul line, Wall had eight turnovers in the first half alone, accounting for more than half of their 14 at that point. He only had two free throws to show for it. That Garrett Temple, a defensive specialist who spent four-plus seasons in D.C., is now with Sacramento might’ve had something to do with the preparation. Wall ended up with 11 in the game.

--Porter, Marcin Gortat and Jason Smith each had three fouls before halftime. Twenty-five personal fouls were issued in just two quarters, as well as three technical (Scott Brooks, Gortat and Wall) which led to 36 free throws. In all, there were 47 fouls called and 52 free throws.


-- Beal had gone two games – a total of 76 minutes – without a foul shot. In the first three quarters here, he played 26 minutes and was in attack mode. Even though the officials were liberal blowing the whistle, Beal still hadn’t attempted one. At the three-minute mark of the fourth, Beal finally went but missed both. It ended a 108-minute drought, but he didn't get to the stripe again in the game.

-- The Wizards regained the lead 74-72 entering the fourth because of Smith’s best stretch of play this season. He knocked down a mid-range jumper when the Kings doubled Tomas Satornasky when he tried to post Lawson. Then Smith blocked Lawson on the other end which sparked a transition layup from Wall to tie the score at 72. With 44 seconds left in the third, Smith drew a charge on Gay to negate a possession.

--Marcus Thornton didn’t play, denoting a possible change in the rotation for Brooks.

-- Oubre had trouble staying on the court recently because Brooks said he wasn’t ready when he entered. That’s why he has had a quick hook in the previous game with San Antonio. That wasn’t an issue as he contributed immediately more with his effort and defense. He went up for an offensive rebound on a miss by Trey Burke and swatted it out. Beal drained a three to put the Wizards up 82-78 with 8:39 left in the fourth. Oubre’s two free throws for an 88-80 lead gave him his first career double-double.