The first half went from bad to ugly in a heartbeat. The Kings started the game on an 8-0 run thanks to a couple of wide-open threes by Bogdan Bogdanovic, and they never looked back. The Wizards shot 45% from the field. That’s not terrible, but they let the Kings shoot at a 60% clip. The Kings also drained eight of their 17 threes, while the Wizards hit just three of 11.
Bradley Beal got off to a hot start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. But the Kings clamped down on him when he returned to the game in the second and held him to just two points in the quarter. He also turned the ball over four times. Being double and triple-teamed, Beal couldn’t make much happen, and neither could anyone else.
This was the fourth time this season the Wizards gave up 70+ points in the first half. They were out-rebounded 25-15, so even when the Kings missed a shot, they dominated the offensive glass. The Wizards defense is one of the worst in the league, and that first half was an almost comical example. They gave up 39 points in the first quarter and 37 in the second.
The third quarter was a completely different game. The Wizards played defense and their threes starting dropping, while the Kings got sloppy on offense and the rim appeared to shrink for them. The Wizards cut the 27 point halftime lead to zero in 12 minutes. Beal started the quarter hot, and then Davis Bertans and Jerome Robinson got rolling. This Wizards team fights hard and doesn’t give up.
As incredible as the third quarter was though, there just wasn’t enough gas in the tank to bring it all the way home. The Wizards hung with them at the beginning of the fourth, but then the Kings went on a 10-0 run. It was 119-109 and the Wizards couldn’t even it up. To their credit though, they didn’t stop fighting until the final buzzer. The fight in this team is great. They just need to work on defense and execution.
Bradley Beal now holds the franchise record of 19 straight games with 25+ points. This was also his ninth consecutive road game scoring at least 30 points.
The Wizards continue to get outworked on the boards, grabbing only two offensive rebounds the entire game. They were outrebounded overall 42-31
Rui Hachimura followed up a pair of 15 points games with a 20 point outing tonight. He still makes careless plays here and there that he’ll need to clean up, but his aggressive offensive play is showing a ton of confidence.