The Sacramento Kings finally won again away from home, beating the Washington Wizards 115-107 on Wednesday to finish the pre-All-Star road trip 1-5 and snap an overall six-game losing streak. The Kings move to 11-22 overall, 9-17 under Keith Smart and 4-17 on the road.
Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas had huge second halves for the Kings after Tyreke Evans had kept Sacramento alive in the first two quarters. Evans scored nine in the first quarter, 11 in the second and just two points in the second half as the smaller guards took over. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 16-16 night, but shot just 6-20 from the floor. Nine of his boards came on the offensive glass, several of them off of his own missed bunnies.
Thornton had 22 overall, 18 in the second half. Thomas had 18 overall, 16 in the second half, and shot 8-12 after the break. In four starts, I.T. is now averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 assists while shooting 51 percent from the floor (eFG of 59 percent). In other words: he's still balling out of control.
Jimmer Fredette did play, getting 12 minutes in Smart's nine-man rotation. He hit two shots in five tries, one of them a three, scoring a solid eight points. Donte Greene was the odd man out this time. <sad face>
The Kings next play on Tuesday against the Jazz. DeMarcus Cousins will be dominating the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.