Instant Replay: Kings can't close Wizards out, fall in OT as losing streak reaches seven

Instant Replay: Kings can't close Wizards out, fall in OT as losing streak reaches seven

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- A familiar feeling. After blowing a 28-point lead Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, the Sacramento Kings stumbled down the stretch again Friday night against the Washington Wizards. Sacramento squandered a 15-point fourth quarter lead as the Wizards forced overtime. In the end, Washington was too much for the home team, coming away with the 130-122 victory to send the Kings to their seventh straight loss.

The high-powered backcourt of the Wizards put on a show. John Wall broke the Kings defense down off the dribble and found open teammates for easy buckets. The All-Star point guard finished the night with 25 points and 12 assists in the win.

Bradley Beal found his rhythm in the second half, scoring 28 of his 38 points after the intermission. Beal knocked down 5-for-9 from long range and chipped in 10 rebounds.

Otto Porter hurt Sacramento from the perimeter, scoring 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Newly acquired Bojan Bogdanovic went off for 17 off Scotty Brooks’ bench and veteran big Jason Smith added nine points and six boards.

Welcome to the starting lineup Buddy Hield. Getting his first opportunity with the first unit after coming over from the New Orleans Pelicans, the rookie shooting guard put on a show early, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the first half.

Willie Cauley-Stein hammered home one pick-and-roll dunk after another on his way to 20 points. He added a game-high 13 rebounds while picking up the start at the power forward spot.

Darren Collison worked well with Cauley-Stein, handing out 10 dimes, many of which came at the rim. The veteran point guard added 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

Arron Afflalo started at the small forward spot and managed to score in 18 points on an efficient 6-for-10 shooting.

Ben McLemore got it going after the half, scoring 8 of his 11 points in the third quarter and Anthony Tolliver hit 4-for-5 from the field for 10 points.

Rookie Skal Labissiere continued his strong play, finishing the night with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes off Dave Joerger’s bench.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Beal went nuts in second half. The sharpshooting wing is a tough guard for most teams, especially with Wall drawing all of the attention, but he was special in the second half Friday at Golden 1 Center.

TURNING POINT

Sacramento took a 97-82 lead into the fourth, but they couldn’t hold off the charging Wizards. The Kings held their own early in the overtime session, but they couldn't get the stops they needed to come away with the win.

INJURY UPDATE

Rookie Malachi Richardson is out 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring thickness tear, but hopes to return before the season is finished. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Kings take on the Denver Nuggets Saturday night at Golden 1 Center in the second night of a home-and-home back-to-back.

Rudy Gay 'ahead of schedule' in recovery from ruptured Achillies

Rudy Gay 'ahead of schedule' in recovery from ruptured Achillies

Rudy Gay has been MIA since leaving the locker room on crutches following the Kings loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 18. He’s posted a few instagram videos of his recovery from a devastating left Achilles rupture, but until Friday night in Oakland, he had been away from the team.

“I’m out of the boot, second stage of my rehab, ahead of schedule and feeling good,” the 30-year-old wing told CSN California’s Kayte Christensen.

According to Gay, he is able to due weight bearing exercises, including some light squats. The 11-year NBA vet is still a ways away from returning to the court, but if he’s ahead of schedule, that means he might be ready for training camp come late September.

It’s not the same group he left behind. DeMarcus Cousins is gone, as is Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi. If he were still playing, Gay would likely be sitting out games for planned rest like most of the Kings’ veterans, but he doesn’t have that luxury.

Gay is entering the final year of his contract in Sacramento. He is due $14.3 million next season, but he has a player option and can become an unrestricted free agent if he so chooses. His recovery will likely dictate whether he opts in to his contract or whether he looks for a long-term deal either with the Kings or elsewhere.

Before the injury, Gay was the Kings’ second leading scorer, posting 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.8 minutes per night.

 

With weight off his shoulders, Lawson returns to form vs Warriors

With weight off his shoulders, Lawson returns to form vs Warriors

With legal issues hanging over his head, veteran point guard Ty Lawson hasn’t been himself over the Kings’ last eight games. He sat out Wednesday night’s loss to the Bucks and he appeared in a Denver courtroom on Thursday to discuss possible probation violations.

Lawson’s attorney disputed the claims against his client and was granted a six week stay in the case. Lawson will appear back in court on May 4, roughly three weeks after the end of the 2016-17 season.

Starting for the resting Darren Collison, Lawson went off against the Warriors Friday night, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the first half. He shot an impressive 8-of-9 from the field in just 24 minutes of action as he broke down Golden State’s defense.

“Honestly, I think Ty’s had a weight on his shoulders for the last four weeks or so and he just hasn’t been himself,” Joerger said after the 114-100 loss. “I think he looked much more relieved today, he smiled and he was the Ty that we know that he is still.”

Lawson, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Kings in late August and is an unrestricted free agent come July 1.