Sparked by the return of their starting point guard, the Washington Wizards have played like a different team following their forgettable start.
The Sacramento Kings, however, can't seem to find an answer for their season-long struggles.
The Wizards will try for their first six-game home winning streak in six years on Monday night when they host the Kings, losers of four straight.
After a 4-28 start, Washington (11-31) no longer has the NBA's worst record after moving a half game ahead of Charlotte with a 114-101 victory over Minnesota on Friday.
The Wizards have shown they can get it done in different ways during their surge.
After shooting a season-high 57.8 percent against the Timberwolves, they won a defensive battle, 86-73, over Central Division-leading Chicago on Saturday.
With a victory over the sliding Kings, Washington will have its longest home winning streak since a 10-game run during the 2006-07 season.
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