The Knicks nearly played spoiler again to a team fighting for playoff positioning. After trailing by nine late in the fourth quarter, New York rallied on a 7-0 run to trim the deficit to 97-95 with 3:23 on the game clock. Two minutes later, Carmelo Anthony utilized a jab step to free himself for a jumper over Kelly Oubre Jr. to tie the game at 101-101. Bradley Beal answered on the other side of court with a corner 3-pointer and 48 seconds remaining in the contest. Following two successful free throws from Anthony, Beal hit a pair at the strip to extend the Wizards lead to 106-103 with 8.9 seconds to go. Anthony’s last-second shot attempt from downtown just missed and Washington managed to escape the Garden with a 106-103 victory. Beal and John Wall combined for 49 points as the Wizards improved to 48-31 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony scored a team-high 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists.
Justin Holiday registered 16 points off the pine, Willy Hernangomez posted 13 points and eight rebounds, and Ron Baker finished with 12 points.
News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis missed his second straight game due to a sore back. Chasson Randle was also sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in the Tuesday night contest at MSG.
New York owned two key categories tonight as it outscored Washington 44-38 in the paint and 26-5 in fastbreak points.
The Knicks hit the road for the final back-to-back game of the regular season. On Friday evening, New York will face the Grizzlies in Memphis with all the coverage on MSG Network.
by Jonah Ballow