Kings takeaways: What we learned in 113-106 win over lowly Wizards



Needing a win to even up the road trip, the Sacramento Kings led for most of the game against the Washington Wizards, but almost let it slip away down the stretch.

Matched up against one of the league’s best scorers in Bradley Beal, the Kings received major contributions from almost everyone who stepped on the floor.

From Harrison Barnes’ big night to a huge late 3-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Kings found a way to grit one out in Washington by a final of 113-106.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings moved back to within a game of .500 at 7-8 on the season.  

Locked in

Barnes is one of those players that looks for what his team needs every night and tries to fill the void. Against the Wizards, the Kings needed a scorer and Barnes obliged.

Barnes started the game attacking the rim. He took the Wizards to the paint early, hitting all three of his first-half shots and six of his seven attempts at the free-throw line. 

With Sacramento struggling with the 3-pointer early, Barnes came out shooting in the third, knocking down a pair of triples in the third quarter to get the Kings rolling.

Barnes continued to shine throughout the game, finishing with 26 points on 7-for-8 from the field to go with four rebounds. 


Where would the Kings be without Richaun Holmes? The answer is, nowhere good. 

Holmes continued his strong early play Sunday afternoon in Washington. The Kings’ starting center scored 16 points on an efficient 7-for-9 from the field and he added 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double on the season.

While he was really good on offense and helped out big time on the glass, Holmes was a force on the defensive end. He has the ability to react and recover on defensive rotations. He finished the game with four blocks and two steals in 36 minutes of action. 

Buddy Bricks

Buddy Hield has plenty of nicknames - Buddy Love, Buddy Buckets, Buddy Fresh. Over his last three games, he’s earned a new one: Buddy Bricks.

Coming into Sunday’s matchup with Washington, Hield had combined to hit just 9-of-29 from the field and 2-for-15 from 3-point range over his previous two games. That trend carried over into the first half of the Kings -- against the Wizards.

Hield knocked down his first 3-pointer to open the game and then missed his next six shots to finish the first half with eight points on 1-of-7 shooting. He continued the trend in the third, missing all three of his attempts to start the game 1-for-10.

In the fourth quarter, Hield knocked down his first 3-pointer, which seemed to snap him out of his funk. He finished the game with 18 points on 4-for-14 shooting and 3-of-7 from behind the arc. 

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