The Wizards have played better basketball lately but let's not get too carried away, especially after a punch-to-the-gut loss at sub .500 Sacramento to start a long western road trip last night.
Just when it looked like the Wizards had turned the corner and were figuring out ways to win ballgames, they faltered down the stretch and lost to the Kings, 95-94, snapping the Wizards' three-game win streak.
With 30 seconds left and the game tied at 94-94, Wizards guard John Wall had a chance to put the Wizards up two points but he missed two crucial free throws. Down 95-94 after Sacramento's Tyreke Evans made one of two free throws, the Wizards had a shot to win it but Bradley Beal's running jumper clanged off the rim and Wall, who got the tipped out rebound, put up a last gasp shot that fell way short.
The Wizards led Sacramento 56-48 at halftime and 66-55 midway through the third quarter but only scored 17 points in the final quarter as the Kings came back to snag the victory. It was another win that got away for the now 7-28 Wizards who, in Wall, felt they had the player back who would help them win close games. Wall finished with 14 points and 10 assists, but those two missed free throws would come back to haunt the Wizards at the end.
The ever improving Beal finished with a career-high 26 points, going 6-7 on three-pointers, while Wall put up 14 points and 10 assists in only his third game back -- but in the ultimate goal to win, the Wizards fell just short.
The Wizards hope to bounce back when they visit Denver Friday night.