The Sacramento Kings hung on tonight as they defeated the Washington Wizards 95-94 at Sleep Train Arena. Three of the Kings starters scored 21 points, as the Kings starters combined for 71 points.
DeMarcus Cousins continued to play solid basketball as he recorded another big double double with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Cousins fought through foul trouble late in the game, as the officials tightened up late in the fourth quarter.
Tyreke Evans seems to have found his way as he scored 21 points, had eight assists, eight rebounds, and three steals. Evans’ return to the lineup has sparked the Kings both on the defensive and offensive ends of the floor.
John Salmons had a big game playing 43 minutes, but scoring 21 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and dishing out 2 assists. Salmons has been one of the Kings veteran leaders. When Salmons plays well, the Kings have been on the winning side of games.
Bradley Beal had a career high with 26 points, while also dishing out 6 assists for Washington. Beal carried most of the scoring load for the Wizards as John Wall continues to find his way back into the rotation. Wall has helped the Wizards since returning from injury, but he has yet to find his footing.
The Kings leave tomorrow as they prepare for their three game road trip. They will face the Memphis Grizzlies Friday in the first game of a back to back. The Kings will travel to Charlotte for their second game of their back to back Saturday against the Bobcats. Sacramento finishes their trip Monday in New Orleans against the Hornets.