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Washington’s Bench Help Wizards Beat Kings At Home

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The Washington Wizards extend their home win streak to three games as the beat the Sacramento Kings 110-92 on Monday night. The Wizards have won those last three games by at least 15 points each game. After not starting the season how they wanted, Washington has won four of their last five games and seem to have found their mojo.

John Wall was nearly perfect shooting the ball on Monday as he finished with 21 points on eight of nine shooting. He also added nine assists. Marcin Gortat put up 18 points while Otto Porter and Mike Scott added 15 points each. Bradley Beal scored 14 points in the win but didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. Markieef Morris continues to have some shooting struggles, but he still plays good defense and grabs rebounds. His shot will come back with more games played.

Washington started sluggish as the Kings began the game with a 27-17 lead in the first quarter, but the Wizards’ bench came in to bring energy and score which gave Washington the lead. Yes, I typed the correctly. The bench actually came in and contributed positively and didn’t give up any leads for Washington. The bench led the Wizards to a lead at halftime that they would never give back to the Kings.

The Wizards exploded in the third quarter and shot lights out. They started 5-6 from the field and extended their lead to 14 points. Head Coach Scott Brooks didn’t want to bring his starters back in but when the Kings got as close as 13, he put Wall and Gortat back in to finish the job.

John Wall looks like he is fully recovered from an illness he had suffered over the weekend that impacted his game against Atlanta. He was smoking in the first half as he started 6-6 from the floor and that included 3-3 from the 3-point line. He had 16 points in the first half.

Kelly Oubre Jr. and Mike Scott are the clear leaders off the bench for Washington. When they come in, they bring a spark off the bench, which includes scoring and lockdown defense. Oubre finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Scott finished with 15 points and didn’t miss as he was 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from the 3-point line.

Next up for Washington is a home-and-home against the Miami Heat, starting Wednesday night in Miami at 7:30pm.

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