Kings top WizardsFeb 23, 2012 - 4:30 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans scored 22 points apiece on Wednesday, leading the Kings to a 115-107 win over the Wizards.
Sacramento had lost a season-high six straight games, but got 18 points from Isaiah Thomas and 16 points and 16 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins to head into the All-Star break with a win.
"It's tough when you're not used to losing so much," said Evans. "We are trying to turn things around."
The Wizards, meanwhile, have lost four in a row. They were paced by Jordan Crawford's 32, while John Wall added 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The Kings trailed by eight at the half and 101-100 late in the fourth before using a 12-2 run to grab control.
Thomas had six points during the burst, including a scoop layup under the outstretched arm of Wall after a Thornton steal. Chuck Hayes capped it with a pair of free throws for a 112-103 lead with under two minutes to play and the Wizards didn't threaten the rest of the way.
"There wasn't anything in the second half that was done to win the game," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman.
Earlier, Washington scored the final four points of the opening quarter to take a 34-29 lead into the second. Crawford then opened with a 17-footer and followed Shelvin Mack's short jumper with a three-point play for a 41-29 lead.
Later in the quarter, the advantage was still 12, 63-51, when Sacramento reeled off a 9-2 run. Cousins had four points during the burst before Jimmer Fredette completed a three-point play to make it 65-60. Crawford responded with a jumper and Wall made a free throw in the closing seconds for a 68-60 lead at the break.
The Kings pulled even in the third.
Thornton scored eight points during a 12-2 surge which made it 78-78 with just under five minutes to go. Nick Young and Crawford answered with back-to-back three-pointers, but Sacramento closed the quarter with a 10-5 run to pull within one, 89-88, after three.
The Kings had lost six in a row at Verizon Center...The Wizards fell to 4-13 on their home floor this season...This was the final game before this weekend's All-Star break for both teams.
- SACRAMENTO: 115
Feb 22 9:22 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 88
End of 3rd
Feb 22 8:54 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 60
Feb 22 8:09 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 29
End of 1st
Feb 22 7:36 PM
- SACRAMENTO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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