The Washington Wizards lost a close one to the Sacramento Kings, 121-119, after a tough pull-up jumper from De’Aaron Fox to seal the game.
After being out scored 36-27 in the third quarter, Washington bounced back to keep the game close with the Kings during majority of the fourth quarter. In the last minute of the fourth quarter, vintage Russell Westbrook showed his face to get the Wizards back in it.
Westbrook banked two free throws to bring their deficit down to 119-115 with 1:10 left in the game. The Wizards couldn’t seem to grab a rebound as the Kings grabbed two offensive rebounds but two missed shots and a shot clock violation seemed to save Washington. Westbrook then zoomed past the defense for the driving layup bringing the score down to 119-117.
Fox then missed a layup, Wizards grabbed the defensive rebound and found Westbrook again for the tying layup at 119-all.
RUSS! #WizKings | @russwest44 pic.twitter.com/vz9qRDHuBp— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 18, 2021
With 22.6 seconds left all Washington had to do was either make a stop and give themselves a chance to force overtime or make a stop with some time left and possibly win the game.
The Kings used up majority of the 22.6 seconds as Fox went up for the pull-up jump shot and took the lead, 121-119.. The Wizards had 0.7 seconds to get a shot off but Westbrook threw in a bad pass out of bounds causing a turnover which confirmed the loss.
Beal had a game-high 29 points, six rebounds and five assists. Westbrook finished with a triple double per usual scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Rui Hachimura even added 17 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
For the Kings, Fox finished with 28 points and all Sacramento starters were in double figures.
The Wizards won’t get much rest as they play on Thursday against the Utah Jazz before heading on the road for a three-game road trip.