Wizards vs. Knicks final score: Washington falls in overtime 124-121 in preseason opener

Otto Porter scored 13 points and Bradley Beal added 11 but the Wizards dropped their first preseason game of the year to the Knicks 124-121 on Monday night. John Wall scored six points to go along with just one assist in his limited play and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 15 points as the Wizards faithful got their first glimpse of this season’s team.

Yes, it was a preseason game but that didn’t keep things from getting chippy early. Just minutes into the second quarter, Markieff Morris and rookie Mitchell Robinson went chest to chest after a made free throw resulting in both players getting technical fouls.

Seconds later as the teams were lined up to shoot free-throws, Morris started chirping at Robinson again, resulting in his ejection just 12 minutes into his first action of the season.

After a sloppy 1.5 quarters of basketball, the Wizards finally caught their stride; aided by three-pointers from Bradley Beal and Otto Porter as Washington ended the half on a 14-4 run taking 62-57 lead into halftime.

No starter played more than 21 minutes, which gave guys like Troy Brown, Devin Robinson, and Thomas Bryant opportunities to get some run in the second half. The trio combined for 15 points and were the main reason the Wizards were able to claw their way back into this one with the starters out in the second half.

The Wizards had a chance to win the game in regulation but Jordan McRae turned the ball over on the final possession. Then, Washington had a chance to extend the game on the final possession of the first overtime, but Thomas Bryant missed a three that would have evened the score.

Takeaways

John Wall looked fine in his limited action

Everything about Wall’s game is going to be closely examined early on, specifically, his health. Wall only played 9:26 minutes tonight and never really got a chance to get out in transition but looked fine on his rehabbed knee. He ended the night with 6 points on 2-of-4 shooting to go along with one assist in his brief action.

All of Wall’s points tonight came on drives to the hole where he’d make the basket and get fouled. He bulked up in the offseason and was able to finish under control and in traffic in knocking down his only two shots on the night.

His only misses of the night came on two 3-point attempts which never really had a chance but regardless, everything we saw in his brief appearance tonight showed that he looks 100 percent healthy.

Austin Rivers creates off the dribble

Scott Brooks teased us for a minute in the first quarter playing Wall, Beal and Rivers at the same time letting fans getting a glimpse of a potential three-guard lineup that he might turn to down the road. But more importantly for Rivers and the Wizards, he was able to create his own shot off the dribble and for others.

It wasn’t pretty, but in the first half, Rivers was able to get to the rim or close to the basket for an easy shot close in. In the second half, Rivers was successful in taking his man off the dribble, getting into the painted area, and making the right pass to a cutter or a teammate out on the wing.

It was just one game, a preseason one at that, but Rivers’ ability to get into the painted area and make the right decision was a very welcomed sign and something the Wizards have been looking for in a player off the bench in quite some time.

Washington lets it fly from three-point range

The Wizards were one of the best teams in the league last year when it came to knocking down the 3-ball. The issue? They ranked in the bottom-third of the league in three-point attempts. Scott Brooks has been begging this team to take more three-point attempts and it looks like Washington has finally received the message.

Porter didn’t miss a beat from last season knocking down 3-of-5 attempts from deep. But outside of Porter, no one else on Washington shot the long ball effectively.

The Wizards hoisted up 21 threes in the first half and 38 for the game although they only knocked down eight. This is something to definitely keep an eye on going forward.

Hell, Ian Mahinmi even got in on the fun.

Tip Ins

  • The Kelly Oubre experience was on display tonight. He was aggressive in attacking the hole but far too often put his head down and tried to take the defense 1-on-2 instead of making the right play.
  • The teams combined for 41 fouls in the first half and 83 for the game. Hey, it’s preseason for the refs too.

Next up: Washington returns to action on Friday night as they host the Miami Heat at 7 pm Eastern Time at Capital One Arena.

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Knicks at Wizards final score: Wiz turn in pathetic effort, lose to Knicks 101-97

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.

Takeaway

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.

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.

Wizards at Knicks Final: Wiz avoid late collapse, beat Knicks 106-103

Bradley Beal leads the way with 25 points including two key free throws down the stretch as the Wizards hang on to beat the Knicks, 106-103. John Wall added 24 points while Marcin Gortat was a perfect 7-7 from the field for 16 points as the Wizards avoid a #SoWizards collapse for their 48th win of the season.

The Knicks were playing loose and freely throughout this one as they’d already been eliminated from playoff contention. New York started the game 6-6 from the field for an early 14-10 lead. Washington answered with a 10-0 run of their own highlighted by Wall weaving his way through the lane for a nice throw-down jam.

Wall was a perfect 4-4 from the field for 10 points as the Wizards led, 33-27 after one quarter.

The feisty Knicks would not go away. New York put out a roster that resembled that of a D-League team but were able to keep the game within striking distance and climbed within three points of Washington in the second quarter. A late 6-0 run from Washington stretched the lead to eight, 59-51 at halftime.

Beal and Gortat picked up where they left off connecting on their first shots of the third quarter while Wall was trying out some new And-1 moves against the helpless Knicks. The Wizards stretched the lead to 15, 71-56 and it looked like they might run away with this one. However, some hot shooting from Sasha Vujacic to end the third quarter had the Knicks within seven 82-75 entering the fourth quarter.

Washington has been playing some bad defense as of late and it was on display in the fourth quarter. The Knicks went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two and suddenly, Washington was in trouble. After tying the game at 97, Wall drove for a layup and then drove for a monstrous dunk to put the Wizards back up four, 101-97.

But unlike other lottery teams, the Knicks still have a star in Carmelo Anthony. Anthony scored six points down the stretch to tie the game. With under a minute remaining, Beal drove baseline and found Bogdanovic who kicked it back to beal for three as the Wizards took a 104-101 lead.

Carmelo would brick a three-pointer as time was winding down as the Wizards escape with the 106-103 victory.

The Kelly Oubre experience continues

Kelly Oubre continues his hot stretch off the bench this time, with 13 points and five rebounds. Once again, Oubre outscored Porter and received more playing time than Otto as Oubre was in for the entire fourth quarter. The second-year player was tasked with guarding Carmelo Anthony down the stretch and did about as good of a job as one could do. On the offensive end, Oubre stayed in attack mode both from three-point range and in attacking the hole.

This is very reminiscent of Otto Porter who had his coming out party just prior to and during the 2014-2015 playoffs.

Marcin Gortat gets his rhythm back

After some tough games, Gortat got back in a groove on 7-7 shooting for 16 points. Gortat had a pretty favorable matchup as he went up against Willy Hernangomez for most of the evening. Regardless, it was nice to see Gortat get back in a groove.

The Wizards almost #SoWizards this game away

Washington led by 15 midway through the third quarter against a roster that might lose to some D-League teams yet they let New York back in this one. The Wizards only gave up 103 points, which is an improvement, but the defense is still not back. As a result, unlikely players caught fire and the Knicks were able to tie this game late in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for Washington, they were still able to get the win.

All five starters score in double figures as Wiz cruise to 117-101 win over New York.

All five Wizards starters scored in double figures led by Bradley Beal with 28 and Markieff Morris with 24 as the Wizards blowout the Knicks, 117-101, en route to their 15th straight victory at Verizon Center. John Wall was magnificent again tonight with 15 points to go along with 13 assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. was a nice spark off the bench with 14 points. The Wizards are riding a five-game win streak and have won nine of their last 10 games overall.

Unlike past games, the Wizards got off to a slow start in this one. Washington started just 4/11 from the field and found themselves down 16-8, early. John Wall dazzled the crowd as he raced down court and spun through the lane for this acrobatic layup.

That sparked the Wizards on a quick 6-0 run. Carmelo Anthony exploded for 13 points in the first period as the game was tied at 28 after one.

The Wizards were a bit sloppy in the second quarter as they committed seven of their 12 turnovers. New York couldn’t capitalize, though. Washington used a 10-2 run to get back in this game and led, 59-54 at halftime.

Unlike the first quarter, the Wizards were red hot to start the second half. The team connected on eight of their first 11 field goals and used a 14-3 run to take a commanding, 75-56 lead. Otto Porter, who was held scoreless in the first half came alive, knocking down five of his six shots in the period as he had 10 points in the quarter.

The Wizards led 91-76 through three quarters.

The Knicks used a mini 6-0 run to cut the lead to 13 early in the fourth quarter but the Wizards had an answer. Baskets from Burke, Morris, and Oubre ended that run putting the Wizards up 20 as they’d coast to another victory at home.

Washington wins, 117-101.

Wizards get off to a slow start

In what seems like the first time in ages, the Wizards actually got off to a slow start tonight. The team connected on just four of their first 11 field goals and found themselves in an early 16-8 hole. Fortunately, this game was against the Knicks, a team not too fond of playing defense. Even with the slow start, the Wizards were tied at the end of the first quarter and went on to blowout the Knicks.

Markieff Morris’ January to remember continues

Morris notched another double-double tonight with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Morris shot 9-14 from the field and was 2-5 from three-point range. The article from Bleacher Report saying Morris wasn’t a top-30 Power Forward really lit a fire on him as January 2017 was the best month of his career. This is the player the Wizards faithful envisioned when management traded for him at the deadline last year.

Wall scores 29 as the Wizards escape with a 113-110 win in New York.

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.

Wizards hold off late run by Knicks, win 119-112.

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.