John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 24 points and 11 assists as the Wizards beat a lazy and uninspired Knicks team, 102-91. The Wizards’ balanced attack produced six scores in double figures including Beal with 17, Humphries with 14, Nene with 12, Butler with 11, and Gortat with 10.
In his first ever Christmas day game, John Wall proved, “quick ain’t fair.” John was matched up against Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin this afternoon. Neither of which were able to stay in front of Wall. A combination of transition assists, blow by layups, and a nice spin move out of the post were all on display for Wall in the first half.
The Wizards jumped out to a 9-2 lead in this one and never looked back. Nene regained his position in the starting lineup and had a very efficient game. The big Brazilian contributed 12 points on 6-8 shooting; most of which were easy layups or dunks. Kris Humphries came in for Nene at the four minute mark of the first quarter and rather than sulking and crying about not starting, he produced. Humphries knocked down his first three jump shots of the game. Most of his shots were wide-open thanks to the Knicks’ non existent defense.
The reserves started the second quarter and played very nicely to keep this comfortable lead. Rasual Butler hit two threes off the bench in the first half and Kevin Seraphin was very active on the offensive end as well.
There’s something about Madison Square Garden that brings out the best in Bradley Beal. Even though he went 7-16 from the field, he played very well. His shots in transition were falling and he’s starting to assert himself as a playmaker with the ball in his hands rather than just playing off the ball as shown by his five assists. The Wiz had a comfortable 60-44 at halftime.
The Wizards picked up in the third quarter right where they left off stretching the lead to 22. The Knicks countered with a 11-2 to run of their own on baskets mainly from Carmelo to cut the Wizards lead to 13. With one minute left in the quarter and the Wizards looking to get a bucket to end New York’s run, this happened:
The Knicks decided to show up and play once the 4th quarter started. A lazy and uninspired team showed some life in the 4th. Threes from Jose Calderon and some nice shooting from Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were able to cut the lead to 11 at the 6:30 mark.
With 5:31 to play and John Wall taking the ball down the court in transition, Quincy Acy tried to stop John by taking a foul but forearmed him in the neck and head area. John took exception and shoved Acy. A mini scuffle ensued.
John got hit with a tech but Acy got ejected from the game. The Knicks were never able to get the lead into single digits and the Wizards cruised to a 102-91 win.