Queue up your: “We’ve got to take all of these games serious” or “We’ve got to come out with more energy” quotes from the Wizards.
The Knicks take down the Wizards 101-97 behind a game-high 19 points from who else, Trey Burke. Five Wizards players scored in double-figures led by Bradley Beal with 14 but don’t let the numbers fool you, he was absent for most of the game.
Things fell apart for the Wizards in the second quarter as the Knicks shot 68 percent from the field in the period and outscored Washington 42-32 to take a 61-53 lead into halftime.
Washington made one last push and was able to tie the game at 90 late in the fourth quarter. But the veteran, Courtney Lee knocked down two big baskets late as well as two free throws to drop Washington 101-97.
Another pathetic performance from the Wizards
You wouldn’t think that a team that was 8-29 and already eliminated from playoff contention would be trouble for Washington yet here we are, again. The Wizards fall to another sub .500 but this time, it’s during the final stretch of the season with the playoffs right around the corner.
Don’t let the box score fool you, outside of Otto Porter, the rest of the starters were non-factors tonight. Yes, Beal scored 14 points. Yes, Morris scored 13 points. Yes, Satoransky had 10 assists. But, they were a big part of the reason Washington found themselves in a 12-point hole one in this game. Poor defense, no energy on either side of the floor, getting outworked by former G-League players; you name it. It was all on display tonight.
Kelly Oubre, Ramon Sessions, and Mike Scott all put together nice games tonight for the Wizards yet here we are talking about how they lose at home to the lowly Knicks.
Next Up: Things don’t get any easier as San Antonio comes to town on Tuesday.