Burn the tape. Every now and then there is an NBA game that completely lacks a rhythm or flow. Good teams find a way to fight through the struggles and come away with the win. The Kings aren’t quite there yet.
Sacramento scored just three points in the overtime session Monday night, falling on the road by a final of 101-95 to the Wizards.
Bradley Beal was a major bright spot in this game. The sharpshooting wing led the way for Washington, scoring 31 points on 12-for-24 shooting.
John Wall dropped in a triple-double, finishing the night with 19 points, 11 assists and 11 turnovers. Otto Porter added 17 points and three steals and Marcin Gortat muscled his way to 10 points and seven rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins took Marcin Gortat to the woodshed, dropping in a game-high 36 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing out three assists. On the downside, Cousins turned the ball over five times and missed seven free throws, including two down the stretch in overtime, as the Kings fell to 7-11 on the season.
Ty Lawson came off the bench and fired up the second unit for Sacramento. The former starter scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and added three assists in 24 minutes.
Rudy Gay came out hot in the third quarter, scoring six of his 18 points in the 12 minutes after the break. But he struggled mightily in the overtime session, missing three of his four field goal attempts. Gay added five rebounds and two steals, but turned the ball over a team-high six times.
Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.
Beal was on fire for most of the night, knocking down 7-of-13 from long range.
After a tough fought win in Brooklyn on Sunday, Sacramento ran out of gas in the overtime session. Gay hit a 3-pointer late, but the Kings never found a way to get Cousins going in the extra session.
The Kings continued to navigate the schedule with a full roster of healthy bodies.
Sacramento continues their six-game road trip Wednesday in Philadelphia against the 76ers before flying to Boston to take on former-King Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics on Friday evening.