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Washington took command in the first half with a lift from its reserves. After 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 quarters, the surge touched off by Quincy Acy, who scored on a put-back slam.

It wasn’t the resounding win the Wizards were looking for. Afterward they faced another round of questions about a sore subject - their .500 mark.

“I don’t want to answer that. I don’t care about .500,” Nene said. “We need everything we can. That’s the mentality. If you’re going to think small like that, it’s fine, just stop right there. If you want to go for the gold, the championship, make the team better, you need to think forward.”

NOTES: Kentucky coach John Calipari attended the game, visiting with former Wildcats Cousins and John Wall. … With a 22.9 scoring average entering Sunday, Cousins ranks ninth in the NBA and is the only player in the top 15 who was not selected to play in the All-Star game. … Rudy Gay (illness) and Marcus Thornton (hip) returned to the starting lineup after missing Friday’s loss at Boston.