Guard's late shot sinks Washington at Verizon Center
With powerful work inside, Emeka Okafor delivered the Washington Wizards to the verge of their sixth straight home win. But the smallest player on the floor stole it away.
Scoring 10 points in the final six minutes and hitting the winning floater in the lane with 1.9 seconds left, 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas loomed large for the Sacramento Kings, making all the clutch plays in a 96-94 victory before 13,422 at Verizon Center.
With Okafor scoring a season-high 23 points and hauling down 15 rebounds, the Wizards led most of the night. But young Sacramento (17-29) hung close throughout, never trailing by more than seven points. In the end, the Kings rallied behind an efficient offense guided by Thomas (22 points, seven assists) that produced layups and open shots on the perimeter in the decisive fourth quarter.
"I couldn't find anybody to guard him. That was disappointing," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "He got anywhere he wanted -- right, left -- and the kid made a play at the end."
Kings' Isaiah Thomas proves royal pain to the Wizards
Washington Examiner | Jan 29