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The Wizards dropped a heartbreaker to the Kings as Isaiah Thomas hit a runner in the lane with one second left to the give the Kings a 96-94 victory.

This game was a tale of two halves as the first half was high scoring and the second turned into a defensive slugfest. The first quarter was the Emeka Okafor show as he exploded for 16 points and the Wizards grabbed a five point lead. The Wizards hot shooting propelled them to a 57-53 halftime lead before the game would slow down significantly in the third quarter. The Kings grabbed the lead early in the third but they did not hold it as the Wizards would close the quarter on a 10-5 run to regain their four point lead.

The fourth quarter went back and forth with each team holding the lead in the final two minutes. With 12 seconds to play, the Wizards trailed by three, 93-90, and Wall slashed to the hoop to cut the lead to one. After Tyreke Evans hit one of two free throws, Martell Webster made his own nice move to the hoop to tie things at 94 with 7.9 seconds to play. Isaiah Thomas would prove to be the hero though as he took the ball into the lane and hit a floater with one second left to give the Kings the win, 96-94.

Emeka Okafor led the effort with his season high in points, 23, to go along with 15 rebounds for the double-double. John Wall had 19 points and six assists and Martell Webster had 18 points.

Isaiah Thomas led five Kings in double figures with 22 points, and Francisco Garcia came off the bench to score 17.

The Wizards now start a three game road trip in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Tip-off is 7pm.


Bradley Beal
Points: 6
Rebounds: 1
Assists: 3

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Points: Emeka Okafor - 23
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 15
Assists: John Wall - 6
Blocks: Nene and Ariza - 1
Steals: 4 Tied - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the game:

“We fell victim to doing too much individually. Whenever we have more turnovers than assists, that means we’re trying to do too much on an individual basis. I thought we fell victim to that in the second half.”

John Wall Postgame

On team effort:

“I think we felt like we had a comfortable lead, but we knew we weren’t comfortable enough only being up four. We had open shots that we didn’t take. We got a shot clock violation and took tough shots. Had a couple of turnovers. So we just put it on ourselves.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On team effort:

“We let them stick around. If you let a team that’s a high scoring team that scores at that caliber stay in the game, they’ll end up making you pay for it in the fourth quarter and they did that.”

Bradley Beal Postgame