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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.

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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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Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process.

Williams could be the answer to their longstanding quest for an athletic big man. No need to bring in five other guys for the usual six-player workout when Williams deserves a longer and more extensive look than most prospects they are considering.

The 20-year-old was put through a variety of drills Monday afternoon, just days before the 2018 NBA Draft. He likes the fit with Washington, if that's how things end up sorting out.

"I definitely feel like they could use a big like me, a defensive-style athletic big like me. I definitely see myself fitting here," he said.

Williams is one of the best big men in this year's draft. He is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan. He used that length to dominate in the paint at the college level.

Williams averaged a modest 10.4 points for the Aggies in 2017-18, but also 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. That was his sophomore year. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a freshman.

He was a shot-blocking force the day he stepped on campus and believes those skills will translate to the professional ranks. In the NBA, Williams believes he can thrive because his defensive versatility will be even more valuable in a day and age where switching is paramount.

"I feel like I can guard all positions. That’s one of my biggest attributes," he said. "It’s just about embracing it, having fun stopping a guard. Once you’re comfortable with it, you can do it."

Williams may adapt to the NBA quickly on the defensive end and that's where the Wizards need help the most. They haven't had a consistent rim-protector in years. Last season, point guard John Wall led the team in blocks per game.

Offense is where the questions lie with Williams. He wasn't a big scorer in college and does not have much of an outside shot. The fact he shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line this past season suggests he has a lot of work to do before he can stretch the floor.

Williams will need to find a niche offensively, likely as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls. He sees a lot of potential in a possible pick-and-roll pairing with Wall.

"He’s an elite passer and an elite guard. Coming off a pick-and-roll, you have to pay attention to him as well as have to pay attention to me as well. It’s a win-win situation," Williams said.

Williams believes his offensive game will open up with more space at the NBA level. The Wizards have Wall surrounded by three-point shooters in Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Toss Williams into the middle and he could go to work in the paint doing the rest.

If Williams were drafted by the Wizards, he could look at Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets as a model to follow. Like Houston, the Wizards have two All-Star guards. An athletic big man who doesn't need plays run for him could be the perfect complement.

No one needs to tell Williams that, he is well-aware. He said that at nearly every stop during the predraft process Capela's name has come up.

"I knew that’s what you were going to say," Williams said to a reporter (raises hand) who asked about the Capela comparison.

Williams continued to say they are different players and it's not entirely fair to compare them. That exchange showed Williams has an edge to him, sort of like Morris. He's clearly not afraid to be honest when some players would not.

Despite downplaying the comparison, Williams can see what makes Capela successful.

"I’ve watched him. He’s a great player," Williams said. "He is around the right people. He just plays his role. He runs off a lot of screens. He gets up there and does what he has to do."

Williams is gearing up for Thursday's draft and trying to decide who he will walk the stage with, as the NBA has introduced a new tradition of each player walking with two people. He said it will likely be his mother and sister. Perhaps by the end of the night he will also walk that stage wearing a Washington Wizards hat.

For more on Williams, check out our extensive draft profile on him.

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson faces charges of armed robbery after breaking into a home near Atlanta, stealing $100,000 from the house, and physically assaulting a teenager who was inside, authorities said Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hickson, who played eight seasons in the NBA with four teams before his brief appearance in Washington, is currently being held in Coweta County Jail without bond. 

He is currently affiliated with the Lebanese Basketball League but played 15 games with the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. Hickson averaged 4.6 ppg and scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in the penultimate game of the regular season. He has not played professionally in the United States since.  Hickson played just one season at North Carolina State before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 19 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Yarbrough, the sheriff's spokesperson in Coweta, said that while at least two people were involved in the invasion, only Hickson is being held and charged.

According to authorities, Hickson entered through a side door, armed with a knife and his face and head covered. He was initially apprehended by another department and later transferred into the custody of Coweta County law enforcement. 

At this time in the investigation, very little detail is publicly available.

The teenage victim, whose name remains private, received medical treatment for several broken bones and is fortunately in good condition.