Wall has 19 assists, Wizards beat Sacramento 113-99

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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.

Garrett Temple added a career-high 23 points while Ramon Sessions (15 points) and Kris Humphries (15) also pitched in.

DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 22 points while Rudy Gay added 16.

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.

TIP-INS

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).