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Nene Leads Wizards Past Kings, 93-84

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Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings during the game at the Verizon Center on February 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings during the game at the Verizon Center on February 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort to help the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 93-84 on Sunday night.

Bradley Beal scored 16 points, hitting two 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes. Marcin Gortat added 17 points and eight rebounds as Washington halted a two-game skid and reached the .500 mark.

Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and had eight assists. But DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay combined to hit 5 of 27 shots, with Cousins scoring 14 points and Gay finishing with five.

The Kings outrebounded the Wizards 49-38, but made only 35.4 percent of their field goal tries and went 2 of 11 from 3-point range.

Rookie Ben McLemore scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, helping the Kings reduce a 17-point deficit to four. But Beal answered with 3-pointers from the same spot in the left corner to steady the Wizards.

Washington took command in the first half with a lift from its reserves. After Martel Webster hit a 3-pointer, Kevin Seraphin made hook shots to close and open the quarters and added a jumper. When Garrett Temple retrieved a loose ball and scored a transition three-point-play, the Wizards had a 39-26 lead.

Washington’s lead swelled to 17 points in the third quarter, but Sacramento went on a 14-2 run that bridged the halves, the surge touched off by Quincy Acy, who scored on a vicious put-back slam.

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