Cousins' double-double lifts Kings over Wizards

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 12:58 am •  Published: January 17, 2013
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Kevin Seraphin had 16 points and Nene contributed 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Wall had 14 points, 10 assists and three steals in a season-high 26 minutes.

Wall had a chance to give the Wizards a lead with 30 seconds left. He was fouled after stealing the ball from Cousins. But Wall missed both free throws and the Kings secured the rebound and called timeout with 30 seconds left to set up Evans' drive.

It was Wall's third game after missing the season's first 33 with an injured his left knee. He demonstrated his trademark quickness in the opening half, getting to the basket numerous times when he scored 10 points in only nine minutes.

Washington shot 45 percent, hit 8 of 17 threes, and tied a season-high with 32 assists. Yet they faded in the fourth quarter, shooting 6 of 17 and committing five turnovers.

"I felt good tonight, except that I missed two free throws," Wall said. "I'm not taking any credit from them. I just felt like we gave the game away. We were up big twice, but Jimmer came off the bench and gave them a big spark."

The Kings were down five points in the fourth before Cousins took over. He made a reverse layup and then on the Kings' next possession muscled inside for a basket and was fouled. Cousins made the free throw, and the three-point played tied the game at 91 with 1:46 left.

The Wizards led 56-48 at the half and were able to maintain a five-point edge heading into the fourth despite shooting 8-for-21 in the third quarter.

After not playing in the first half, Fredette got the Kings stagnant offense going in the third quarter, making his first shot and adding a pair of 3s.

"I thought that we needed a shooter, we got that (from Fredette," Smart said. "Jimmer had a couple of plays and made some big 3-pointers for us."

Sacramento players contend they have not let the rumors of the team being bought and moved next year to Seattle bother them. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star, is leading the effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento.

Notes: Wall converted on a a lob pass early in the second quarter and was fouled on the play. He made the free throw for his second three-point play of the period. ... Seraphin, the Wizards' backup center, scored eight points in four first-quarter minutes. . Ankle problems sidelined Washington's Jordan Crawford and Trevor Booker. ... The Kings had a season-best 62 points in the paint.