Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Kings: Supporting cast leads Washington back to .500

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall didn't have his best game, but his teammates had his back in a solid 93-84 win over the Sacramento Kings that got the Washington Wizards back to .500 for the ninth time this season.

It could have been prettier, but the Washington Wizards are once again at .500 after responding nicely to their unacceptable loss Friday to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a comfortable 93-84 win Sunday over the Sacramento Kings.

Washington achieved an even record for the ninth time this season despite a substandard game from John Wall, who finished with 12 points, four assists and five turnovers, but more importantly was torched repeatedly by Isaiah Thomas, who led the Kings with 30 points.

But the Wizards had their All-Star's back, with seven of them attempting at least nine shots and scoring at least eight points. Nene and Marcin Gortat led the way with 18 and 17 points, respectively, and also combined to limit DeMarcus Cousins to 14 points on 3-of-16 shooting. Bradley Beal shed his recent shooting slump, scoring 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three to go with five assists and six rebounds. Trevor Ariza had a poor game offensively (eight points, 2-of-11 shooting), but was key in holding Rudy Gay to only five points, also on 2-of-11 shooting. Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster chipped in with 10 and 8 points off the bench, respectively.

As Webster noted after the game (and several fans observed on Twitter), the Wizards could have easily won this game by more, but they held a comfortable lead throughout much of the game and ultimately breezed to a win, which is certainly improvement over their debacle against the Cavs. Washington will now head to Memphis for a tougher matchup against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebar) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Truth About ItWiz of AwesDC Sports BoxTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental NetworkDaily Wizdom

Road team recaps: Sactown Royalty | Sacramento Bee (gamersidebar) | Cowbell KingdomA Royal PainGolden Gate Sports

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealNeneTrevor ArizaMartell WebsterDeMarcus CousinsIsaiah Thomas

Wall & Boogie meet with Kentucky alumsJohn Calipari interview

KEY STATS

18.5 - Combined shooting percentage of Rudy Gay (2-of-11) and DeMarcus Cousins (3-of-16) against the Wizards.

7 - Wizards who took nine or more shots against the Kings. No player for Washington attempted more than 13 shots. That's some balanced offense.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

It sure is nice to get the win, but goodneed gracious, Quincy Acy. Everyone pray for Gortat. (H/T Umair)

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