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January 28, 2013
Kings at Wizards: Five things to watch

WASHINGTON - Game 2 of the six-game road trip brings the Kings to Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards.

Looking back at the Kings' 95-94 win over the Wizards on Jan. 18, here are five reasons the Kings need to ignore Washington's 11-31 record and expect another tough game.

1. John Wall is better: Wall came off the bench and had 14 points and 10 assists and has started the last two games in his return from a knee injury. He figures to be a problem against the Kings' smaller guards.

2. Bradley Beal: The Kings had problems with the rookie guard in Sacramento (26 points) so they will have to decide how to defend him. Tyreke Evans might defend Wall so Beal could have another big game.

3. Two bigs: Nene and Emeka Okafor will look to frustrate DeMarcus Cousins by relying on their experience defensively. Cousins had 21 points and 16 rebounds in the first game. Cousins is coming off a subpar game at Denver.

4. The Wizards nearly won the game: Wall missed two free throws late and the Wizards had two shots at game winners in Sacramento. Considering the Kings have lost their last four games, they should be focused on playing a complete game.

5. The game is on the road: The Kings are 4-17 on the road. So they cannot afford to overlook any team.

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