Bradley Beal finished 1 assist and 1 rebound shy of a triple-double and snapped the Wizards out of a cold streak late in the game to help Washington defeat Sacramento 121-115 on Monday night.
Beal sealed the win with a contested layup in traffic to put the Wizards up by 6 with 51.8 seconds left. It was Washington’s first made field goal in nearly four minutes and squashed Sacramento’s last effort to steal a game Washington controlled most of the way.
The Wizards stumbled out of the gates, giving up an uncontested dunk to Willie Cauley-Stein in the first minute, and falling behind 7-2 in the first three minutes of the game before they found their footing. They held the Kings without a field goal for the next six minutes while they went on a 17-1 run to take an early lead.
Tomas Satoransky led the way early, hitting three 3-pointers in the first 15 minutes of the game to help Washington take a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. Jabari Parker chipped in 14 more in 13 minutes of first half action.
Nemanja Bjelica scored 8 points in 90 seconds to pull Sacramento back in the game, then De’Aaron Fox scored 14 points over the final four minutes of the half to complete the comeback and put the Kings up 60-59 going into halftime.
The Wizards re-established control with 14-2 run in third quarter to go back up by double digits. But just like the first half, the Kings ramped it up in the closing minutes. Sacramento went on a 17-5 run to briefly take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Although Washington couldn’t get any good looks down the stretch until Beal’s big shot late, both he and Jeff Green kept the Kings at bay thanks to some timely free throw shooting, and solid team defense across the board. The final score was closer than it probably should have been, considering how Washington controlled most of the game, but after blowing leads in back-to-back games, they’ll take victories any way they can get them.
Chasson Randle returns, to the annoyance of Sacramento
Randle played 14 minutes in this one after getting DNP’d for three straight games. He came in and made a good case for why he should stay in the rotation during his time on the floor, with 12 points and 3 steals during his time on the floor. Playing in a 10-15 minute a night role, he can really be a pest for opposing point guards. He made things rough for Yogi Ferrell in the first half, and baited De’Aaron Fox into a pair of quick fouls in the third quarter that forced him to be a little less aggressive in the fourth quarter.
Tomas Satoransky got his first technical!
Tomas Satoransky fouls De'Aaron Fox then picks up a technical foul for slamming the ball against the stanchion.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) March 12, 2019
You’d get frustrated if you had to guard De’Aaron Fox too.
Next up: The Wizards (28-39) will try to ruin things for the Magic (31-37) as they try to push for a playoff spot on Wednesday at 7 pm Eastern Time.