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Beal's late surge lifts Wizards to 121-115 win over Kings

WASHINGTON (AP) Throughout a turbulent season for the injury-plagued Wizards, All-Star guard Bradley Beal keeps evolving.

Beal shook off a poor first half Monday night to score 21 of his 27 points in the second half of Washington's 121-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

''I had six points at half,'' said Beal, who complained of heavy legs Monday after playing 45 minutes on Saturday. ''Last year or any year before this one, feeling the way I did today, I probably wouldn't have had a good second half. I think that's my growth, doing whatever it takes to win.''

Beal added nine rebounds and nine assists for the 11th-place Wizards, who moved within 3 1/2 games of the eighth Eastern Conference playoff spot currently held by idle Miami.

Washington remains in contention largely because of Beal, who averages nearly double the points of any of his healthy teammates. The Wizards lost All-Star guard John Wall for the season in December, traded Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago at the deadline and have played mostly without injured center Dwight Howard.

''You don't think of Brad as a developing player, but Brad has really developed this year,'' coach Scott Brooks said before the game. ''His leadership. His ball-handling. His playmaking. Just his court awareness. The guy, I don't think he can improve this much, but he keeps getting better.''

Jabari Parker added 18 points off the bench and Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Washington began a five-game homestand that also includes games against ninth-place Orlando and 10th-place Charlotte.

''We need those two,'' Beal said.

De'Aaron Fox scored 23 points for the Kings, who started the day four games back of three teams tied for the last three Western Conference playoff spots.

Reserve Nemanja Bjelica added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its sixth straight in Washington despite erasing a 14-point, first-quarter deficit and a 12-point edge the Wizards built in the third.

''We shot ourselves in the foot in the first quarter,'' Fox said.

Buddy Hield's transition layup gave Sacramento its first lead after halftime with 3:41 to play, capping a 6-0 spurt and making it 112-111.

Jeff Green and Beal each hit a pair of free throws to answer before Beal followed with a tough contested layup to stretch it to 118-112 with 51 seconds left.

The Kings hit just one of their last seven shots after Hield's layup.

''Playing from behind, you do expend a lot of energy,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''That just ran us down at the end there. We fought so hard to get back in the game.''

TIP-INS

Kings: Erased a double-digit deficit by halftime for a second straight game. .... F Marvin Bagley III (left knee sprain) missed his fifth straight game and has yet to return to practice, Joerger said.

Wizards: Portis posted his 10th double-double of the season and sixth since arriving in Washington in the Porter trade. . Backup point guard Chasson Randle scored 12 points, his third-highest total this season.

DOING IT ALL

It was Beal's second consecutive game finishing near a triple-double after coming within one assist in an overtime loss Saturday at Minnesota. He also picked up four steals Monday, turning two into crucial fourth-quarter baskets, the first a thunderous dunk over Fox and the latter a baseline 3 that made it 111-106.

DWIGHT SIGHTING SOON?

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it's still not clear if and when center Dwight Howard (back surgery) will return this season. Howard remains limited to non-contact work in practice. The eight-time All-Star has played only nine games since signing for the Wizards last July.

''Obviously the season is winding down - there's four weeks left,'' Brooks said. ''He's going to keep rehabbing and see how he feels the next couple weeks.''

UP NEXT

Kings: Continue their road trip Thursday in Boston.

Wizards: Host Orlando on Wednesday.

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Key Players
B. Hield
24 SG
B. Beal
3 SG
37.6 Min. Per Game 37.6
25.8 Pts. Per Game 25.8
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
46.2 Field Goal % 47.4
46.2 Three Point % 47.4
87.3 Free Throw % 82.3
  Defensive rebound by Willie Cauley-Stein 0:01
+ 1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Harrison Barnes 0:01
  Harrison Barnes missed jump shot 0:01
  Lost ball turnover on Bobby Portis, stolen by Harrison Barnes 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Bobby Portis 0:06
  Buddy Hield missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
+ 1 Tomas Satoransky made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Tomas Satoransky made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Harrison Barnes 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky 0:13
Team Stats
Points 115 121
Field Goals 41-91 (45.1%) 40-86 (46.5%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 14-37 (37.8%)
Free Throws 24-32 (75.0%) 27-33 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 58 52
Offensive 9 7
Defensive 38 40
Team 11 5
Assists 28 29
Steals 8 12
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 16 17
Fouls 25 25
Technicals 0 1
23 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
27 PTS, 9 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Kings 33-33 20402134115
home team logo Wizards 28-39 28313131121
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 33-33 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Wizards 28-39 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Fox PG 17.3 PPG 3.8 RPG 7.3 APG 45.8 FG%
B. Beal SG 25.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 5.5 APG 47.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Fox PG 23 PTS 4 REB 8 AST
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 9 REB 9 AST
45.1 FG% 46.5
33.3 3PT FG% 37.8
75.0 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 23 4 8 8/16 2/3 5/8 3 38 2 0 6 0 4 -4 39
H. Barnes 15 4 3 6/12 1/5 2/2 2 34 1 0 1 0 4 -10 25
B. Hield 15 4 2 6/21 1/9 2/3 4 33 0 0 2 1 3 -2 21
B. Bogdanovic 13 4 4 2/7 1/3 8/8 2 24 0 0 3 0 4 -20 22
W. Cauley-Stein 10 8 2 5/9 0/0 0/2 2 26 1 1 0 2 6 -4 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Fox 23 4 8 8/16 2/3 5/8 3 38 2 0 6 0 4 -4 39
H. Barnes 15 4 3 6/12 1/5 2/2 2 34 1 0 1 0 4 -10 25
B. Hield 15 4 2 6/21 1/9 2/3 4 33 0 0 2 1 3 -2 21
B. Bogdanovic 13 4 4 2/7 1/3 8/8 2 24 0 0 3 0 4 -20 22
W. Cauley-Stein 10 8 2 5/9 0/0 0/2 2 26 1 1 0 2 6 -4 24
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Bjelica 15 12 3 5/10 3/5 2/2 4 36 1 0 0 4 8 +10 34
H. Giles 12 6 3 5/10 0/1 2/3 3 21 0 1 1 1 5 -2 24
C. Brewer 8 4 0 2/2 1/1 3/4 3 15 2 1 1 1 3 +4 14
A. Burks 4 0 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 +2 7
Y. Ferrell 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 2 0 1 -4 3
K. Koufos - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Mason III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bagley III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 47 28 41/91 9/27 24/32 25 236 8 3 16 9 38 -30 213
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 27 9 9 9/20 3/9 6/8 4 38 4 0 3 2 7 +8 55
T. Satoransky 17 6 7 5/9 3/6 4/5 4 36 2 0 3 2 4 +13 36
B. Portis 17 13 1 6/12 1/2 4/5 2 33 3 1 5 1 12 +7 31
J. Green 11 2 2 3/7 0/3 5/5 3 29 0 0 1 0 2 +16 16
T. Ariza 11 10 3 5/14 1/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 0 2 8 +12 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 27 9 9 9/20 3/9 6/8 4 38 4 0 3 2 7 +8 55
T. Satoransky 17 6 7 5/9 3/6 4/5 4 36 2 0 3 2 4 +13 36
B. Portis 17 13 1 6/12 1/2 4/5 2 33 3 1 5 1 12 +7 31
J. Green 11 2 2 3/7 0/3 5/5 3 29 0 0 1 0 2 +16 16
T. Ariza 11 10 3 5/14 1/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 0 2 8 +12 27
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Parker 18 4 4 7/13 3/5 1/2 1 23 0 0 3 0 4 -14 27
C. Randle 12 0 1 4/6 2/4 2/2 3 14 3 0 0 0 0 -6 17
T. Brown Jr. 6 3 1 1/3 1/1 3/4 3 13 0 0 1 0 3 -3 10
T. Bryant 2 0 1 0/2 0/0 2/2 3 13 0 0 1 0 0 -3 3
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McRae - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 121 47 29 40/86 14/37 27/33 25 235 12 1 17 7 40 +30 222