The Washington Wizards earned their fourth straight victory after 113-110 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals on 52.4 percent shooting from the field. Otto Porter Jr. added 23 points while Marcin Gortat posted a double-double, 12 points, and 12 rebounds.
The Wizards started the game strong, outscoring the Knicks in the first quarter, 38-27. Carmelo Anthony, who only scored two points in the opening quarter, stepped up and exploded for 25 points in the second quarter. The nine-time NBA All-Star continued to be unstoppable, helping to the Knicks to cut down their deficit to one at the end of the first half.
Otto Porter Jr. established an impressive performance in the third quarter, knocking down four three-pointers. The Knicks failed to answer on the offensive end where they only scored 19 points over the Wizards’ 34 points. They managed to bounce back in the fourth quarter but not enough to overturn the outcome of the game.
Carmelo Anthony sets franchise record
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony struggled earlier in the game. He even air balled a five-foot, wide-open jump shot in the first quarter. However, Anthony regained his rhythm in the second quarter and looked impressive until the end of the game.
Anthony set a new Knicks’ franchise record for most points in a quarter with 25 points in the second quarter. Anthony slowed down in the second half but led the Knicks in their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. In their 113-110 lost to the Wizards, he posted game-high 34 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Wizards assistant accused of illegal stunt
With 13.5 seconds remaining in the game, the Knicks held the ball for the final play. However, Brandon Jennings didn’t anticipate Courtney Lee’s pass and turned the ball over. Lee complained that Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe was distracting him during the final play.
“I don’t know if the league should look into that — that was a tactic and it worked,” Lee said. “I thought it was a player. I thought it was a guy rotating down. I think it’s something they need to take a look at. But I still think I should’ve shot it. He fooled me. I still should’ve took the shot at the end of the game.’’
In the video, Lowe was caught on the floor in the final seconds of the game. He moved his arm and yelled at Lee to act like a defender. Lee admitted that he didn’t mention it to the officials after the play because he still thought it was an opposing player. However, after watching the replay, he realized that the man on his side was Lowe.
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