Kings take control in 4th, hold off Wizards 116-112
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 27, 2018 01:23 PM
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, dunks the ball as Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris, right, looks on during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 22 points and made three free throws over the final 20 seconds to send the Sacramento Kings past the Washington Wizards 116-112 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Nemanja Bjelica matched his career-high of six three-pointers and had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while De'Aaron Fox added 17 points and nine assists.
The Wizards, who led by six going into the fourth quarter, committed three turnovers in the final 24 seconds.
Sacramento led 110-104 with two minutes left before Washington made a late run and pulled to 113-112 on John Wall's three-pointer with 3.2 seconds remaining.
After Fox made 1-of-2 free throws, Jeff Green attempted a long inbounds pass but the ball sailed out of bounds.
Bjelica then made two free throws to seal the win and end the Kings' four-game losing streak to the Wizards.
Things got chippy at times between the teams during an often sloppy game.
Washington had a season-high 21 turnovers while Sacramento committed 19.
Wall scored 26 points with eight assists. Kelly Oubre had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Bradley Beal scored 21.
Beal skipped the pregame shootaround after sustaining a chest injury in Washington's 144-122 loss at Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) and struggled with his shot early.
The Wizards' leading scorer, Beal missed 10 of his first 12 shots, including a long jumper at the halftime buzzer. Beal also appeared to get cut behind his ear midway through the second quarter when he crashed to the floor under the hoop and hit the back of his head on a camera.
Wall kept Washington going while repeatedly driving through Sacramento's defense for uncontested layups. Wall had 15 points in the first half.
Wizards: Morris picked up a technical foul late in the second quarter after a brief altercation with Hield. . Ian Mahinmi was questionable before the game with back spasms.
Kings: Fox was called for a technical foul for arguing with officials after picking up his third foul in the first half. . Sacrameto had four team fouls within the first 2.5 minutes. . C Zach Randolph was inactive for a sixth consecutive game. The 37-year-old Randolph averaged 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds with Sacramento last season while starting 57 of 59 games.
Wizards: Face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Kings: Play at Miami on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).