Isaiah Thomas did what he could to keep the Sacramento Kings in the game Sunday at the Verizon Center. But the other two-thirds of the Kings’ fledgling Big Three didn’t hold up their end of the bargain as the Washington Wizards beat the Kings 93-84.
Thomas scored 30 points for the Kings (17-34), but DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were a combined 5-for-27 from the floor as Sacramento shot just 35 percent as a team and made just two 3-point field goals in the loss.
The Kings never led after the first quarter, but—because it’s the NBA and everyone does—made a run early in the fourth quarter, closing to within four points at 77-73 on a three-point play by Ben McLemore.
They got it to four one more time on a dunk by Derrick Williams with 7:45 left, but the Wizards (25-25) answered with six straight points to stretch the lead back out to double digits. They were never seriously threatened again.
Cousins finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while going 3-for-16 from the floor and McLemore had 11 points. Thomas also notched eight assists and three steals and Quincy Acy picked off three steals, as well. Gay was just 2-for-11 and finished with five points in 32 minutes. Marcus Thornton had the only two 3-pointers for the Kings—the rest of the team was a combined 0-for-7 from deep.
Nene led the Wizards with 18 points and also blocked three shots. Marcin Gortat added 17 points and eight rebounds, Bradley Beal had 16 points and five assists, John Wall scored 12 points and Kevin Seraphin logged 10 points and eight boards. Trevor Ariza had four steals.
Sacramento was 29-for-82 (35.4 percent) overall, 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from long distance and 24-for-28 (85.7 percent) from the line. Washington was 34-for-79 (43 percent), 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) and 17-for-22 (77.3 percent).
The Kings had a 49-38 rebounding advantage, but the Wizards had a 13-8 edge in fast-break points. The teams were even at 36-36 in the paint. Sacramento turned the ball over 18 times—four each by Gay, Cousins and Thomas, which led to 26 points for Washington. The Wizards’ 15 turnovers were converted into just 11 points by the Kings.
It was the second straight loss on a four-game road trip for Sacramento leading up to the All-Star break. The Kings head to Cleveland Tuesday night for a 4 p.m. Pacific matchup with the Cavaliers.