With the Toronto Raptors losing in overtime Tuesday, the Wizards had a chance to close to two games of the No. 3 seed in the East by taking down the Sacramento Kings but failed to win at Sleep Train Arena for the first time since 2009. They're 4-7 in overtime games this season and dropped to the No. 6 seed to begin this four-game, six-day road trip.
Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat led the Wizards (35-32) with 19 points, and Drew Gooden produced in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row when he scored nine of his 18 points to lead the reserves. But it was John Wall, despite having 14 points and eight assists, who faltered. Ahead 100-98, he stepped to the free throw line with 18 seconds left and missed both. An 82% shooter at the stripe, Wall went 2-for-6 overall.
Trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, the Wizards forced seven turnovers in the second quarter and closed with a 16-4 run going into intermission trailing 47-46. They opened the third with a 9-0 run to take their first lead and appeared headed for an easy victory.
Wall picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter with his team leading 55-47, but when he exited the Kings (24-44) regained the lead. The Wizards went back on top, taking a 10-point lead late in the fourth, in large part because of Gooden.
Rudy Gay, however, led the charge back that included tying the score at 100 to force the overtime. He scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas had a triple-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Despite foul trouble throughout, DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Turning point: The Wizards erased a five-point deficit in overtime but allowed Cousins to tie the score with a tip-in and then Wall was called for a charge -- his fifth turnover -- on Thomas. Gay made consecutive baskets to put them ahead for good.
Key stats: The Wizards missed 10 of their 30 free-throw attempts. ... Beal missed 16 of 23 shots.
Four more: Martell Webster injured the big toe on his left foot in the second quarter but returned after having it re-taped and generated his fifth four-point play of the season when he was fouled on a made three-pointer by Ben McLemore. He converted the free throw.
Up next: The Wizards will practice Wednesday and play at the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday (CSN, 10 p.m. ET).