John Wall leads the way for the Wizards with 29 points and 13 assists as they sneak out of New York with a 113-110 victory. Otto Porter added 23 points as he dropped in six three-pointers for the second time in as many nights. And Markieff Morris added 14 points as the Wizards get their first win of the season coming in a road game, on the second half of a back-to-back.
The Wizards offense was on point early. Wall and Gortat were running the pick-and-roll, Otto was hitting threes, and Beal got off to a nice start as the Wizards shot 63 percent from the field and led 38-27, after the first quarter.
But Carmelo Anthony would take over in the second; To the tune of 25 points on 10-12 shooting. With the Wizards’ bench in, Melo feasted on Jason Smith. Then, the Wizards moved Markieff Morris onto him and he had troubles of his own. The Knicks outscored the Wizards 40-28 in a back and forth affair to take a 67-66 lead into halftime.
Washington is known for their slow starts to the second half; not tonight, though. Otto Porter hit his first three three-pointers of the third quarter and would hit four in the period en route to a 15-point third quarter. Wall ended the quarter on a personal 6-0 run of his own with some nice elbow jump shots as the Wizards led 100-86.
The Wizards would try to give this game away though. Two sloppy turnovers to start the fourth quarter resulted in two easy buckets for the Knicks. A corner three from Jennings followed by a hustle play from Rose ending up in a layup and gave the Knicks the lead, 110-109 with 50 seconds remaining. After calmly knocking down two free throws, Melo would miss a shot on the other end as Wall would take the rebound, go behind his back for a dunk to stretch the Wizards lead to three, 113-110.
Wizards win, 113-110.
Wall performs on a national stage
The Wizards don’t get very many games on a national stage so when they do, they must show out. John Wall did with 29 points, 13 assists and three steals. After getting snubbed from being an All-Star starter, you could tell Wall had a chip on his shoulder. First, he got his teammates involved as he logged seven assists in the first quarter, then he let his scoring come to him.
Wall went 6-8 from the free throw line and knocked down two key ones with just seconds remaining.
Otto Porter stays hot
Otto Porter knocked down six three-pointers tonight and 12 in the past 24 hours. Porter started the second half blistering hot as he hit his first three of the second half. Porter’s shooting allowed the Wizards to stretch the lead out to double-digits, especially on a night when Beal struggled. Once again, Porter is proving night in and night out that he’s a max level player.
Another nice game from the bench
The bench combined for 27 points tonight led by Jason Smith with 11 and Kelly Oubre with 10. The bench surrendered the lead in the second quarter when Anthony was on his hot streak but stretched the lead out to as many as 14 in the second half.