Wall scores 21, Gor­tat adds 18 as Wizards beat Kings

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WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Wizards point guard John Wall isn’t known for his 3-point shoot­ing. Don’t tell that to the Sacra­mento Kings. Wall had 21 points and nine as­sists, Marcin Gor­tat scored 18 and Wash­ing­ton beat Sacra­mento 110-92 on Mon­day night for its third straight win.

Wall shot 8 of 9 from the field, in­clud­ing 4 for 4 from 3-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9 for 10 from long dis­tance. In his other 10 games, he is 5 for 32.

“I think I’m tak­ing the same ex­act shots,” Wall said. “I’m just mak­ing them against them for some rea­son. Everybody else I be, clank.”

Otto Porter Jr. and re­serve Mike Scott chipped in 15 points apiece as six Wizards scored in dou­ble fig­ures.

Af­ter los­ing to the Mav­er­icks 113-99 in the opener of a four-game home­s­tand, the Wizards outscored the Lak­ers, Hawks and Kings by an av­er­age of 111-94.

“In­ten­sity changed. We def­i­nitely locked in more de­fen­sively,” Gor­tat said of Wash­ing­ton’s turn­around af­ter los­ing three straight home games over­all.

“We re­ally took it per­son­ally. We had teams like Phoenix and Dal­las com­ing in here and punk­ing us in front of our own crowd. It’s not nice. It’s def­i­nitely not nice. We all get a lot of fire from that.”

Ge­orge Hill led Sacra- mento with 16 points, while Zach Ran­dolph and Buddy Hield each had 12. The Kings have lost the first two games on their three-game road trip.

Wash­ing­ton led by six at half­time and hit its first five shots — two by Bradley Beal — in the third quar­ter to ex­tend the lead to 70-56. The Wizards built the mar­gin to 22 late in the pe­riod.

“We hung in there in the first half but in the sec­ond half they came out, they got in the paint, (and) we took a lot of jump shots,” Kings coach Dave Jo­erger said. “They ran out on us a lot in tran­si­tion and kind of got away from us.”

The Wizards (8-5) shot 51.8 per­cent (44 of 85), while the Kings made 40.5 per­cent (34 of 84). The Kings were 12 of 23 (52.3 per­cent) from 3-point range.

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