The Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards, as Isaiah Thomas hit a clutch shot in the final seconds to lift the Kings over the Wizards 96-94. Isaiah Thomas had one of his best games of his young career scoring 22 points on 9-16 shots and dishing out 7 assists. Thomas found his teammates, made plays, and scored the ball.
The Kings played balanced basketball, as King’s coach Keith Smart went with an unusual group at the end of the game. He finally found a winning combination. The Kings forced 20 Washington turnovers and scored 24 fast break points, while only 11 turnovers.
Francisco Garcia had a big game off the bench scoring 17 points and getting three steals. Garcia was a dangerous force in the first half as he went 4-5 from beyond the three point arc. Garcia finished shooting 6-10 from the field.
The Kings bench outscored the Wizards bench 37-20, as Marcus Thornton, Thomas Robinson, and Jimmer Fredette combined for 27 off the bench.
Neither Tyreke Evans nor DeMarcus Cousins had big nights offensively, but both player vital roles in filled in where their team needed them. Cousins was dealt the task of managing Nene and Okafor, while Evans had a solid night with 6 assists, 4 blocks and 13 points. Cousins added 12 points.
The Kings will head to Boston to face the Celtics who recently lost the services of their starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who will be out for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury. The Kings remaining four road games will certainly test this young Kings team, as they look to win consecutive road games for only the second time this season.