Wizards Trounce Knicks 117-101
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 28 points in a 117-101 win over the Knicks during a game at the Verizon Center. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box file photoWASHINGTON, D.C. - In what has become common place as of late at Verizon Center, the Wizards (28-20) won at home, overcoming some early sluggishness to defeat the Knicks 117-101. The victory marked the Wizards’ 15th straight home victory, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1989. The last time the franchise won 15 straight at home, four of the starting five, excluding Marcin Gortat, weren’t even born. Let that sink in.
After starting 3-for-9 from the field to start the game and letting the Knicks take an early 13-6 lead, the Wizards tied the game at 28 to end the 1st quarter behind John Wall’s 5 points and 6 assists. The Knicks (21-29) were able to stick around for much of the first half due to their offensive rebounding and ability to force turnovers. Brandon Jennings was a nuisance for the Wizards in the first half collecting 4 steals and enticing the Wizards into silly fouls.
Coming out of the half with a 59-54 lead, the Wizards went on a 16-2 run to put the game out of hand. After Carmelo Anthony made an 18-foot jumper on the Knicks’ first possession of the second half, the team went scoreless for over four minutes, allowing the Wizards to pull away. During the run, four of the five Wizards starters scored, with the exception of Wall. After finishing the first half scoreless, Otto Porter Jr. went 5-for-7 from the field in the third quarter and finished the game with 10 points.
“Before halftime, we weren’t playing our type of defense. We weren’t playing our game at all. We were still winning, but we weren’t happy with our focus and our energy on the floor,” said Beal. “In the third quarter, we just came out and played with aggression. The first five minutes are always crucial and we just tried to put them away and keep it there.”
Bradley Beal led all scorers with 28 points to go along with 4 assists. Wall, Gortat, and Markieff Morris all finished with double-doubles for the Wizards. Wall finished the game with 15 points and 13 assists while Morris and Gortat finished with 24 and 15 points respectively, along with 10 rebounds apiece. Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points and provided a defensive challenge to Porter Jr. throughout the game.
The Wizards play the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Thursday evening.
The Knicks play the Brooklyn Nets on the road Wednesday evening.
Written by Hirdesh Matta