Wizards lose to Kings on last second basket
The Wizards had taken some steps forward to being a much improved basketball team with some recent wins, but they took a big step backward with a surprising 96-94 loss to Sacramento Monday night at Verizon Center.
"That was disappointing," Wizards coach Randy Wittman bluntly said after the loss, which snapped the Wizards’ five-game home winning streak. After scoring 57 first-half points, Wittman saw his team's offense go completely stagnant in the second half, and his defense couldn't stop Sacramento's guard Isaiah Thomas (22 points), who hit the game-winner with one second left.
"The second half, that's as bad a ball movement that we've had in almost a month," Wittman said. "We fell victim to doing too much individually."
The Wizards lost to the same Kings, 95-94, 13 days ago in Sacramento and the Wizards couldn't exact revenge.
"We feel like we gave them the game, but we aren't taking that away from them," Wizards guard John Wall said. Wall finished with 19 points and 6 assists but couldn't help lift the Wiz over the hump late. "They played good both games, but we had times we could have put them away, but we just didn't."
Emeka Okafor was not bad as he continued his incredible run, scoring 23 points and hauling down 15 rebounds for the now 11-32 Wizards.
Washington begins a three-game road trip that starts at Philadelphia tomorrow night.