Postgame Update: The Wizards defeated the Knicks tonight, 98-89. John Wall showed his elite offensive game for the second night in a row, scoring 31 points on 10 of 18 shooting and adding 7 assists. It marks the first time in Wall's career that he scored more than 30 points in consecutive games.
Tonight was not just the John Wall Show, however. Four players scored in double figures, with Martell Webster putting up 19 on 5/10 from the three point line, and Bradley Beal taking the Knicks to the house for 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The true MVP of the game though, or at least the Wizards' X-factor, was Marcin Gortat. He controlled both sides of the floor, with 16 points and 17 rebounds, a season high in boards. Though it was the Wizards' fourth game in five nights, they successfully played a physical game against the Knicks and the foundation was Gortat.
With the victory the Wizards move to 5-8, having won three of their last four. The Wizards next play host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, November 26.
3rd Q Update The Wizards took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Knicks 27-17 to take a 76-69 lead. While John Wall has been the Wizards' primary scorer, putting up 25 points with 6 assists, Marcin Gortat has been a presence on both sides of the court, with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Washington locked down New York on defense this quarter, holding them to 7 of 18 shooting. Wall and the Wizards have shown their dominance on both sides of the court at this point, and now they need 12 minutes of solid play to grind out a tough victory.
Halftime Update: At halftime, the Knicks lead the Wizards 52-49. John Wall leads the Wizards with 19 points on 7/9 shooting, and has posted three assists against four turnovers. Wall is hot tonight, but if the Wizards are going to turn this game in their favor, he needs to start dishing to his teammates, as he is the only Washington player in double figures.
Both teams are shooting efficiently and are above 50% from the field. Martell Webster has 8 points, and Marcin Gortat has 7 points with 5 rebounds.The Gortat-Wall combo has been effective tonight, with Gortat making all of his points off of Wall assists. Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 13 points on 5/8 shooting. The Wizards finished the second quarter strong like they did the 1st, finishing on an 8-2 run to cut the Knicks' halftime lead to three. - Jack Persons
1st Q Update: Washington finished the opening period with a 10-3 run, but trails New York 27-26. John Wall was the hot hand for the Wizards last night and he has yet to show any signs of slowing down. Wall went 6/6 in the 1st quarter, leading the team with 12 points while playing all 12 minutes. The Wizards are doing a good job of keeping up with the Knicks offensively, but could use a few more stops on the defensive end. - Jack Persons
Welcome to #WizKnicks from Verizon Center. The Wizards are playing their fourth game in five nights as they wrap up this tough week against a struggling New York Knicks team. The Knicks have had two days off, but have lost four games in a row and enter tonight's game without a few of their key guys.
Tyson Chandler, the reigning defensive player of the year, is out with a fractured fibula, while Raymond Felton has been bothered by hip and back injuries. The Knicks give up 10.2 more points per 100 possessions without Chandler, so his impact on the defensive side will truly be missed. Amar'e Stoudemire continues to be bothered with sore knees and his status is up in the air. If he does go, he’s on a minutes count and won't play more than 15 minutes off the bench.
The Wizards injury situation did not change from last night, which means they'll again be without Trevor Ariza (hamstring) and Al Harrington (knee). Ariza's loss will especially hurt tonight as he often times took the assignment of Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks leading scorer. Without him they'll need a big effort from Martell Webster, who will likely spend much of the game defending Anthony.
Before the game, Randy Wittman talked about needing more consistency from his bench. The second unit has struggled to provide any sort of lift for this Wizards team, especially since Ariza and Harrington went down. They'll again look at different combinations tonight and see if they can find the right mix. With this being the second night of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five nights, they need to count on that second unit more than usual.
Wittman also gave a brief update on Otto Porter, though nothing has really changed on that front. He did say that he continues to progress, but could give no timetable to when Porter would first return to practice and then return to a game.
John Wall scored a season-high 37 points last night in Toronto and seemed to find his shooting stroke. If he does that again tonight, watch out Knicks.