WASHINGTON (AP) – De’Aaron Fox scored 26 points, Domantas Sabonis added 16 points and 11 rebounds in his second game against Sacramento, and the new-look Kings beat the Washington Wizards 123-110 on Saturday night. .
Harrison Barnes added 21 points for the Kings, who picked up six players this week ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. In their first game with all six goals available, Sacramento hit a season-best 56.6% (43 of 76) rate from the ring.
“I think we all agree that the team looks completely different,” Fox said of the newcomers. “They came in with great energy and that’s all there was to it.”
Maurice Harkless added 17 points and Justin Holiday had 12 in his second game since joining Sabonis in a deal that took them both from Indiana to Sacramento.
The Kings won their second in a row and fourth out of six.
Sacramento coach Alvin Gentry said: “These are games that we lost early on and lasted until this week. “I hope this is a sign of good things to come.”
Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and Corey Kispert added 20 points in the Wizards’ first game since trading for Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday in a deal that brought Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans to Dallas. Porzingis (right knee) did not play.
Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura each added 13 points in Washington’s ninth loss in 11 games, and the first since the announcement on Thursday that three-time All-Star Bradley Beal would have neck surgery. end of season hand.
Having taken the lead in the fourth inning, the Kings placed the game at 16-4 late.
The first time Richaun Holmes ’tilted’ brought the kings to double the number with 7:59 to play. Fox shot into Sacramento’s next three, Holiday sank a 3-pointer from the left and Barnes made two fouls to make it 116-98.
“We have to do a better job on defense,” said Kuzma. “They are up and down in the transition, and then they can also play past Sabonis in the half-court. But we just need to tighten the screws on that end. “
WAITING FOR KRISTAPS
Porzingis has been sidelined with a bruise on his right knee since January 30. The timing of the former All-Star’s debut in Washington is uncertain, coach Wes Unseld, Jr. of the Wizards said before the game.
“He just goes from day to day. He’s still dealing with some lingering effects,” said Unseld. “Nothing serious. Hopefully it calms down a bit and we can draw him in the next three games after tonight. But there’s no rush and there’s really no timetable.”
DIFFERENCE IN COUNTRY
Gentry attributed much of his team’s offensive effectiveness on Saturday – including 50 in the paint and 27 on the field of goal – to Sabonis’ appearance.
“I think we’re cutting much better now,” Gentry said. “I think playing over (Domantas) is good, because I think he is a very good passer and our boys understand that. I think the cuts have been much more definitive. ”
Kings: G Donte DiVincenzo made his Sacramento debut from the bench after being acquired as part of a four-team deal on Thursday. … F Josh Jackson and F Trey Lyles were present but did not compete after arriving in Milwaukee in the same trade.
Wizards: Unseld says there’s a chance C Daniel Gafford could clear the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols as early as Saturday night. … G Ish Smith gets his first Wizarding appearance since he was purchased on Thursday in a deal with Charlotte. Smith also played the previous two seasons in Washington. … G Raul Neto received a technical with 5:17 left in the third quarter.
Kings: Visit Brooklyn on a Monday night.
Wizards: Close their house and Monday night meet Detroit.
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