Wizards lead early and roll past Kings 110-83
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2017 08:48 AM
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, drives against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — John Wall scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter and had nine assists, Otto Porter Jr. had 16 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 110-83 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Bradley Beal added 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting for Washington after being fined $50,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his role in a fight with Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
The lopsided victory kept the Wizards out of the record books. Washington's first five games were decided by five points or fewer; no team had ever opened the season with six.
Wall made it a moot point early by making his first four shots, including three three-pointers, as Washington jumped to a 13-0 lead that was never threatened.
The Wizards were up 63-32 at halftime, had a 36-point advantage early in the third quarter and prevented the Kings from getting closer than 27 the rest of the way.
Mike Scott added 13 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had nine points and seven rebounds to help Washington snap a two-game losing streak.
Beal was surprised to be playing at all. The veteran guard fully expected to be suspended after the fight with Green late in the first half of Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) 120-117 loss to the Warriors. Beal and Green received technical fouls and were ejected from the game.
While Beal played, Washington was without forward Markieff Morris and guard Carrick Felix. Both received one-game suspensions for coming off the bench during the fight.
Not that it mattered.
The Kings shot 27.9 percent in the first half and trailed by double digits for the final 43 minutes.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 15 while Kosta Koufos added seven points and 10 rebounds for Sacramento.
Wizards: Washington's 35 points in the opening 12 minutes were their most in any quarter this season. ... The day off probably benefited Morris, who is still on the mend from sports hernia surgery. The Wizards' bench combined for 45 points.
Kings: Sacramento missed its first nine shots and 13-of-16 to begin the game. ... Zach Randolph and George Hill were given the day off by coach Dave Joerger.
Wizards: Host Phoenix on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Kings: Travel to play the Pacers on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Sacramento hasn't won in Indiana since Dec. 23, 2015.