WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had a career-high 19 assists and also scored 12 points, Marcin Gortat had 27 points, and 16 rebounds and the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 113-99 on Monday night.
Wall was just 4-for-15 shooting but finished with assists on nearly half of Washington’s 42 baskets. He connected with Gortat several times on a night when injuries limited coach Randy Wittman to using only eight players.
Six of those Wizards finished in double figures, though, thanks often to Wall’s good passing.
Gortat set a new season high for points by halftime with 21 as the Wizards took a 63-59 lead at the break.
Washington led throughout much of the third quarter until the Kings finished with the period’s final eight points for an 84-84 tie. The Wizards then took command by scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter – even though Gortat was out.
This is the only time the Kings come to Washington this season. The Wizards head to Sacramento on March 30.
Kings: Former Wizard Caron Butler entered late in the first quarter and received a big ovation from the crowd. … The Kings have not fared well in back-to-back games this season. They now are 2-12, including an 0-7 mark on the second night of games.
Wizards: The team announced at game time that Gary Neal (sore back) would join the list of injured players out. Washington had six players out due to injuries – including Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Alan Anderson and Nene also could not play. … Even though the Wizards trailed 35-34 after one, that was the most points they’d scored in the opening quarter this season (31 had been the mark before).