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Wizards vs. Knicks Recap 10/17/13

October 17, 2013
Despite 21 points from Bradley Beal, the Wizards could not come out of Baltimore with a victory as the Knicks prevailed in their preseason tilt, 98-89.  The game brought with it a lot of memories of when the Baltimore Arena was the home of the Baltimore Bullets from 1963-73 and there were a number of former Baltimore Bullets in attendance.  During the 1970-71 season the Baltimore Bullets made the franchise's first NBA Finals, led by iconic names like Earl Monroe, Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson.  The Bullets ended up losing in the finals to the Bucks who were led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.

Back to the present, the Wizards starters played evenly with the Knicks first unit in the first quarter, taking a one point lead after one, 30-29.  Beal was clearly still feeling confident from his 29 point outburst against Miami, as he took nine shots in the first quarter, sinking four.  The second quarter was another story altogether though, as the Knicks took advantage of the Wizards going over seven minutes without a field goal to take a 13 point lead into the half.  The second half opened with the Wizards going on 16-2 run to take a one point lead, behind Wall and Beal who accounted for all 16 of those points. The Knicks would rebound and go on a run of their own to take a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter, where the Wizards would get as close as five before ultimately losing by nine. 

Bradley Beal was the story once again in this one, as he went for 21 points on 8/17 shooting.  It was Beal's second consecutive performance with more than 20 points after going for 29 against Miami on Tuesday.  Beal was virtually the only Wizard to have any success from three point range, as he went 3/8 and the team as a whole went 5/31.  Beal also continued to do a good job putting the ball on the deck and finishing in the paint, going 4/6 around the basket.  John Wall played an exceptional game at the point, finishing with an 8-0 assist to turnover ratio to go along with 14 points and a couple of steals.  Wall obviously did a tremendous job protecting the ball with the zero turnovers and he also did a consistent job of breaking down the Knicks interior D by penetrating and finding opening shooters.  Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin were the other two in double figures with 13 and 11 respectively.  The Wizards did win the rebounding battle over the Knicks 44-37, thanks largely to young bigs Booker, Vesely and Seraphin, who combined for 24 boards.

The Knicks were led largely by their bench, which outscored their Wizards' counterparts 53-30.  Four Knicks finished in double figures off the bench, including their first round pick Tim Hardaway, Jr. who had 14.  Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks though with 22 points on 8/17 shooting. 

The Wizards now head to John Wall's college gym in Lexington, Kentucky to take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans in a matchup of former University of Kentucky standouts.  Tip-off is at 7pm on Saturday night.