It wasn’t easy, but the Wizards used a 27-point lead to fend off the Knicks who made a furious 4th quarter push. The Wizards win, 119-112 and things are fine for a night.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 23 points and 11 assists while Otto Porter chipped in with 21 points and 8 rebounds and for the first time in his career, got the best of Carmelo Anthony in a head-to-head matchup.
The Wizards used some inspired play to take a 52-42 lead into halftime. That lead would balloon to 27, 85-58 late in the third quarter as the Wizards held a 22-point lead after three quarters.
That’s when the Knicks started raining threes. Anthony hit his first three of the night followed by three three-pointers from Jennings, as the Knicks were able to cut into the lead. The Knicks would score 47 points in the fourth quarter but the final score was not indicative of the game as a whole.
Basketball is fun for a night. Wizards win 119-112.
Wizards make it rain from three:
The Wizards came into the game averaging just six makes from three-point range per game. That average should go up as the Wizards knocked down a season-high 15 three-pointers tonight on 60 percent shooting (15-25). Otto knocked down four, Wall had three, Beal had three, many on assists from Wall, and Thornton also knocked down three. This was by far and away the best three-point shooting performance from the Wizards in this early season.
Otto Porter outplayed Carmelo Anthony:
I’ve been very harsh on Otto in this particular matchup. But for the first time in his career, Otto won the battle with Anthony. Anthony was off of his game tonight. He did score 19 points but it took him 17 shots to get there. Anthony didn’t knock down his a three-point shot until midway through the fourth quarter.
As mentioned, Otto scored 21 points to go along with eight rebounds. It’s just one game, but this is a big stride forward from Otto.
The bench came to play:
The bench combined for 33 points tonight in their second-best scoring output of the season led by Thornton with 13. Kelly Oubre Jr. hit two threes early in the first half and it looked like he could get going but scored just one basket the rest of the way. Satoransky chipped in with four assists and made his only two field goals of the game.
Yes it was against the Knicks, who have a terrible defense, and yes, the Knicks’ bench is equally as awful; but it was nice to see this effort from the reserves after a clunker last night.