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The Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 110-92 on Monday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...

Wizards are on a roll: It was just under a week ago that Marcin Gortat boldly proclaimed the Wizards' situation as a "s***hole" out of frustration following another loss to a team they know they are better than. Three games later, that narrative has been put to rest until further notice.

On Monday, the Wizards again took care of business against a team unlikely to be playing in the postseason come April. The Kings (3-10) gave them a better fight than they did just weeks ago, but the Wizards held on and have now won three straight games. 

This early the season, a week can make a major difference. Now 8-5, the Wizards have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. They are tied for the fifth-best win percentage in the NBA. The schedule is about to get tougher, but that's a solid start to the season. 

Defense has been a key reason for their turnaround. They have now held opponents under 100 points in three straight games. They didn't accomplish that once all of last season.

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Wall was on fire: There's something about these Kings that gets John Wall in rhythm from long range. He had five threes and shot 5-for-6 from downtown in the first meeting between these teams. On Monday, he went 4-for-4, hitting four threes in a game for the 13th time in his career. 

 

Wall is 5-for-32 in games this season that were not against the Kings. Against Sacramento, he's 9-for-10.

Wall was on a mission from the start. He had eight points in his first 4:30 of play and had 16 points at halftime on 6-for-6 shooting. Wall finished with 21 points, nine assists and a steal. He shot 8-for-9 from the field.

Wall's production was needed because Bradley Beal started slow. George Hill (16 points) did a good job guarding Beal and kept him scoreless in the first quarter. Meanwhile, there was nothing the Kings could do to stop Wall.

Even when there were three guys in his way, he was not deterred:

Beal was held to just 14 points, but did dish a season-high six assists and had seven rebounds. The Wizards outdid the Kings 50-34 in rebounding.

Bench came through: The Wizards' bench made a major impact on this game, especially early on. The second unit combined for 21 points in the first half and finished with 38 for the game.

Mike Scott was instant offense with eight points in his first seven minutes, including two threes. He had 15 on the night and was a threat both inside and out.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. was all over the place early on with seven points and five rebounds in his first eight minutes. He ended up with 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ian Mahinmi had nine rebounds in arguably his best game of the season.

Up next: The Wizards are off Tuesday before heading to Miami to begin a home-and-home set. They play at the Heat on Wednesday, then host them on Friday. Wednesday's game tips at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Pregame coverage starts at 6:30.

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