Defense won the day for the Wizards, as they held the Kings to just 35.4% shooting en route to a 93-84 win at Verizon Center. The Kings came into the game averaging over 100, but the Wizards shut them down. The only King to have much offensive success was Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 30. Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings other two 20+ point per game scorers, combined for 19. The Wizards' front line of Gortat and Nene combined for 35 points to lead a balanced Wizards' attack. Bradley Beal had the hot hand from long distance, shooting 4/5 from beyond the arc and finishing with 16.

Key Moment

The Kings fought their way back into the game in the middle of the fourth quarter, getting with four with 7:45 left in the ballgame. The Wizards responded with a jumper by Nene and consecutive three balls by Beal to push the lead to 11, and the Kings would never get within striking distance again.

Player of the Game

Nene controlled the paint on both ends of the floor, finishing with a team high 18 points to go along with five boards, five assists, two steals and three blocks. On the defensive end, he helped limit Cousins to 14 points on just 3/16 shooting from the field. Nene also was a +10 in the contest.

Key Number

19. Cousins and Gay, who average a combined 43.2 points per game, were held by the Wizards to just 19 points on 20% shooting from the field.

Unsung Hero

Trevor Ariza didn't have his usual shooting touch, but that didn't stop him from making a significant impact on the game. He had five boards, four steals and was primarily responsible for holding Rudy Gay to five points on 2/11 shooting. He also finished as a +10.

By: Jacob Raim

Field Goal %: 43.0%

3 Point %: 38.1%

Assists: 20

Rebounds: 38

Opponents Field Goal %: 35.4%

Points: Nene - 18

Rebounds: Marcin Gortat - 8

Assists: Nene and Beal - 5

Blocks: Nene - 3

Steals: Trevor Ariza - 4


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