John Wall and the Washington Wizards continue to rise in the East standings. They beat Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks, 117-101 on Tuesday with the team continuing their fall out of the playoff race.
Wall did not need much scoring in this one getting the double-double of 15 points and 13 assists. But, his teammates stepped up once again led by Bradley Beal’s game-high 28 points and Markieff Morris’ own double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Marcin Gortat also added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed 14 points off the bench. The Wizards shot 55.7% from the field as a team and contained the Knicks to 36.6% shooting.
Wizards’ great third quarter led to blowout win
This was a close game at about halftime when the Wizards just had a five-point lead, 59-54. But they outscored the Knicks, 32-22 and cruised to the blowout win in the second half.
John Wall and the Wizards are on a five-game winning streak, which includes victories over quality teams like the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics. They have won 15 straight at home and are now tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-20. The Wizards are 12-2 in their last fourteen games and have an easy match-up in their next game, against the Los Angeles Lakers at home.
Meanwhile, the Knicks dropped to 21-29 for the season. Even the inspired play of Anthony, who has been mentioned in NBA trade rumors recently, couldn’t save the Knicks.
Anthony scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting for New York. This is the sixth of last seven games that he scored at least 26. However, the Knicks are just 2-5 in their last seven games.
Kristaps Porzingis missed the game against Washington due to an illness and Derrick Rose did not play as well. Brandon Jennings started once again for Rose and scored 21 points and had 4 steals.
Carmelo Anthony trade talk continue
Anthony has yet to waive his no trade clause, so it’s expected that he will stay in New York this season unless he changes his mind about playing for another team. The hottest Anthony rumor is the one that sends him to the Los Angeles Clippers where he’ll play with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
With the Knicks struggling again this season, Anthony might change his mind soon and give the go-signal for a trade. The Knicks take on New York rivals Brooklyn Nets in their next game before a difficult match-up against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Madison Square Garden.
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