That was a wild one.
Langston Galloway had a WIDE OPEN three to tie the game but missed as time expired, the Wizards hang on to win 111-108. John Wall had an All-Star performance with 28 points (15 in the fourth quarter) to go along with 17 assists. Bradley Beal wasn’t far behind with 26 points on 8-14 shooting including 5-8 from three-point range.
Smoking hot would be an understatement to describe the Wizards’ first half. The team shot 65 percent including 10-12 from three-point range. Jared Dudley hit his first five shots scoring 14 points in the first half. The Wizards looked like they had a chip on their shoulder as they often do on the road and led 63-50 at halftime.
That lead was short-lived as the Knicks started the third quarter on a 5-0 run. Kristaps Porzingis was on fire in the third quarter scoring 14 points highlighted by a dream shake on Dudley and throw down for a dunk.
The Knicks outscored the Wizards 33-20 in the third quarter as this one would be all tied up at 83 going into the fourth.
Langston Galloway hit a long two pointer for the Knicks early in the fourth as they took the lead 87-86 for the first time in the game. The lead seesawed back and forth for the entire fourth quarter.
Beal hit back-to-back threes on assists from Wall. Wall followed that with a very nice step back jumper over Porzinigis
as the Wizards stretched the lead out to 7, 103-96 with just 2:30 to play.
Bradley Beal missed several key free throws late in the game allowing the Knicks to stay alive. With just 4.3 seconds remaining, the Knicks found Langston Galloway for a wide-open three as the Wizards were lost on defense but Galloway missed the shot. Wizards hang on to win, 111-108.
Three-point shooting: The Wizards were 16-26 from three-point range tonight including a mind-boggling 10-12 in the first half. Beal was 5-8 from distance, Dudley 4-5, Wall 3-5, and Porter a perfect 3-3. There were a number of reasons the Wizards shot so well from deep tonight. The Knicks perimeter defense was pretty bad allowing the Wiz to get wide-open looks. Additionally, the Wizards were running and gunning early and the Knicks couldn’t get back on defense.
Free Throw Shooting: Free throw shooting was the Wizards’ Achilles heal and kept the Knicks in this game. The Wizards had no problem getting to the line it’s just they couldn’t hit them. The Wizards were 17-25 from the charity stripe but missed some key ones down the stretch. Beal was 5-9 from the line and missed both opportunities that would have stretched the lead out to six to ice the game. It didn’t hurt them as they got the win but it made the game too close for comfort.