Wizards-Kings instant analysis

Wizards-Kings instant analysis
January 28, 2013, 8:30 pm
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#Wizardstalk: Wiz drop heartbreaker to Kings

A recap of the Washington Wizards 96-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings:

How it happened:

This wasn’t a pretty basketball game by any stretch. After a solid first half that saw them shoot 56 percent the Wizards struggled to find any rhythm offensively in the second half.  They lacked the energy that’s been on display during the their five game home winning streak.

After trailing for most of the game Sacramento enjoyed a 14-3 fourth quarter run taking a five-point lead. But the Wizards fought back, down two with under 15 seconds left Martell Webster responded with a tough short jumper tying the game at 94 for 7.9 seconds left. But it was all for not as Isaiah Thomas sunk a floater with one second remaining.

What it means:

Although the Wizards have played better of late they still haven’t found a way to close out basketball games. Earlier this month at Sacramento the Wizards dropped another heartbreaker 95-94. Their lack of late game execution is a part of their growing pains.

Key stat:

This was a rare game in which the Wizards bench was outscored. As a unit they shot just 9 for 25 from the field for 24 points. Meanwhile Sacramento’s bench scored 47 paced by 17 points from Francisco Garcia.

What’s next:  The Wizards will close out the month of January by traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday. From there they’ll travel to Memphis for the front end of a back to back that ends in San Antonio.