Wizards vs. Knicks final score: Washington uses big second half to roll to 121-103 win over New York

With the Wizards leading by just one point at halftime; Bradley Beal said in a halftime interview: “The first team to play defense is going to win tonight.” The Wizards responded by opening the second half on a 19-5 run and never looked back as they coasted to a 121-103 victory over New York on Wednesday night.

The Knicks made a late run and were able to cut the Wizards lead to 10, 113-103 late in the fourth quarter but John Wall ended all hopes of a comeback with a monster left-handed slam in the closing minutes.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting and John Wall chipped in with 25 points as the Wizards notched their seventh straight win against the Knicks.

Takeaways

Bradley Beal continues his All-Star campaign

Bradley Beal was just named Eastern Conference Player of the Week and he did nothing tonight to discredit that accolade.

As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 11-14 shooting (79 percent) to go along with six assists as he continued his All-Star campaign. He was torching the nets to start the game connecting on 7-of-8 shots in the first half for 18 points.

The sharpshooter playmaker, Beal, was not only scoring at will but also was able to get others involved. He and Gortat had the pick-and-roll as well as the two-man game going in the first half which resulted in some easy baskets for Gortat.

Midway through the third quarter, John Wall found Beal on the fast break in transition and there would have been a meeting at the summit between him and Kristaps Porzingis but Porzingis opted to go with the #BusinessDecision

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A little love for Marcin Gortat

Gortat has struggled the past few weeks. He’s spoken openly about how he’s upset that his role is diminishing, as he’s not playing down the stretch of games. But tonight, Gortat snapped out of his funk to the tune of 21 points (season-high) on 9-of-10 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. He connected on his first six shots of the game and for one night, looked like a younger, more spry player.

Washington’s defense in the first half was bad, really bad

The Wizards defense was terrible right from the opening tip. The lack of intensity could be pointed back to the head of the snake, John Wall who wasn’t engaged in the first half, other than to hunt down a chase down block.

The Knicks were scoring at will against the Wizards early on as Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis were bullying their way in the paint while Courtney Lee was knocking down open three-pointers. Too many times, New York got wide open driving lanes or easy layups on backdoor cuts. They shot 58 percent from the field in the first half.

Fortunately for the Wizards, they were able to flip the script in the second half as their defense was much better and the main reason why Washington was able to pull away for a decisive win.

Game Notes

  • Random stat of the night: Both teams shot an identical 25-43 (58 percent) in the first half
  • The Wizards are currently riding a three-game winning streak, tying their longest win streak of the season
  • The Wizards are now 8-3 in the 11 games since Wall’s return from injury

Next up: The Wizards head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on ESPN this Friday at 9:30 p.m.

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Wizards knock down 16 threes, hang on to beat Knicks 111-108.

 

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.