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Cousins' double-double lifts Kings over Wizards

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 12:58 am •  Published: January 17, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tyreke Evans says he's feeling more comfortable, which means that opponents are starting to feel very uncomfortable trying to contain the Sacramento Kings talented guard.

Evans had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and also hit a free throw late in the game, helping the Kings beat the Washington Wizards 95-94 on Wednesday night.

With the score tied, Evans was fouled on a drive to the basket with 11.4 seconds left. He made one of two free throws to give the Kings a 95-94 lead.

"I had him beat, and I don't think he meant to do it, but he (Nene) tripped me," said Evans, who ran down the shot clock before making his move to the basket.

Evans said the second free throw, a miss that was way off the mark, slipped out of his hands and the Wizards secured the rebound and called timeout.

Bradley Beal missed a runner in the closing seconds and John Wall followed with a desperation shot from inside the foul lane that never hit the rim.

"I was open at first because I set my man up, and we set a great screen on (John) Salmons," Bradley said. "He was stuck and I was wide open. At the last minute they switched and I had Chuck Hayes on me. He took a bad angle, but he got into my body and I had to take a tougher shot than I wanted."

Evans had a strong game offensively, but had plenty of help. DeMarcus Cousins had nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and also had 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Salmons made a big three in the fourth quarter and also scored 21 points.

Jimmer Fredette scored all 12 of his points for the Kings in the second half when they had to overcome an 11-point deficit. Sacramento outscored the Wizards 23-17 in the fourth quarter in improving its home record to 12-10.

"Having three players have 21 points, that's sharing the ball," said Cousins, who had six of the Kings' 18 turnovers. "It was a good team game for us all around."

A rookie guard, Beal scored 26 points and made six 3-pointers, both career highs. Despite Beal's effort and a solid game overall offensively, the Wizards had their three-game winning streak snapped. The modest streak included impressive wins over Oklahoma City and Atlanta.

The Wizards have the worst overall record (7-29) in the NBA and are also a league worst 1-16 on the road. But Kings coach Keith Smart still thought his team was in for a tough game.

"I knew how well they were playing and the teams they had beaten," Smart said. "I knew they were playing like a good basketball team entering this game."

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