John Wall set a career high with 18 assists tonight as the Wizards beat the lowly Knicks 101-87. Otto Porter, Marcin Gortat, and Bradley Beal all scored in double figures chipping in 17, 19, and 18 points respectively. The win pushes the Wizards 10 games over .500 with a record of 43-33.
With Nene and Pierce both sitting out of tonight’s game (rest), the Wizards looked to get Bradley Beal and Otto Porter going early. Randy Wittman has stated that he wants to get the ball to Brad off of screens and on curls and that was evident on the first play of the game. Unfortunately, shots weren’t falling at first.
Also, the Wizards were pretty loosey goosey with the ball as they turned it over twice in their first five possessions. Both on showtime type dribbling from John Wall.
Fortunately, it didn’t matter because the Knicks went on a five minute scoring drought and the Wizards were able to push the lead to 22 points on a 19-0 run. The Wizards led 30-10 at the end of the first quarter. 10 points was the fewest scored by the Knicks in a quarter this season.
Not only that, Otto Porter scored 10 points in the period, many on easy transition layups or dunks.
The Knicks fought back in the second quarter. Nine straight points from Quincy Acy and the Knicks were down just 11 to start the second quarter. Back to back buckets from Andrea Bargnani and Ricky Ledo and the Knicks were down just eight, 54-46 at halftime.
For the first time in a couple of games, the Wizards started off the second half strong. Five straight points from Bradley Beal stretched the lead to 13. The Wizards would utilize a 8-0 run to stretch the lead out to 18, 72-54 midway through the third. Marcin Gortat was a big factor in the third scoring most of his points in the paint.
With under a minute left in the quarter, John found a streaking Kris Humphries for an alley-oop in transition to tie his career high assist mark. Next time down, John found Ramon Sessions for an easy lay in to give John his career high 18 assists.
All starters rested in the fourth quarter as the Wizards would cruise to a comfortable 101-87 victory.
Note: Albeit it was against the Knicks, the Wizards had an impressive 60 points in the paint, eight blocks, and seven made threes tonight on 7-16 shooting. Up next, Memphis Saturday night.