Knicks Lose to Wizards in London on Goaltending Call
WIZARDS 101, KNICKS 100
LONDON — Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on a layup attempt by Thomas Bryant with 0.4 seconds remaining, giving the Washington Wizards a 101-100 victory over the Knicks on Thursday at O2 Arena.
Bradley Beal had 26 points and 9 rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, who outscored the Knicks by 24-11 in the fourth quarter.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 25 points and Luke Kornet finished with 16 points, including 12 in the first quarter, for the Knicks, who lost their fifth consecutive game. They were making its third appearance in the N.B.A.’s annual London game; Washington was there for the first time.
Noah Vonleh gave the Knicks a 100-99 lead with a one-handed finish over Bryant with 33.7 seconds remaining, and then a 3-point attempt by Beal rimmed out. Kevin Knox tried to run down the clock, but his off-balance 3-point try missed the rim and led to a shot-clock violation with 3.3 seconds remaining.
That left Washington with one last opportunity, and Beal drove the lane before dumping the ball to Bryant just before the buzzer.
Trier and Mudiay collapsed on Bryant, who released the ball in time but had his shot swatted away by Trier just after it began its downward trajectory.
Knicks Coach David Fizdale said the ball “looked like it started just on its tick down.”
“But we had a breakdown in coverage,” he added. “It was supposed to be a switch and it wasn’t a switch, and we paid for it.”
Mudiay’s buzzer-beating heave at the other end off the inbounds play was off-target.
The Knicks held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 19 in the second before entering halftime ahead, 63-53. They led by as many as 16 in the third quarter before Washington began to rally. The Wizards reclaimed the lead at 92-91 with 4 minutes 34 seconds left on Porter’s pull-up jumper.
“This was one of those games that nobody deserves to go on their long flight home without a win, but it happens in sports,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said.
Knicks center Enes Kanter, a native of Turkey, did not travel with the team because of fears over his safety as an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization.
N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver said that league officials never suggested that Kanter skip the game, but that the decision was understandable.
“There are significant issues that he is dealing with, and I recognize that for the N.B.A., by virtue of the fact that we’re a global business, we have to pay a lot of attention to those issues as well,” Silver said.
“I will say there’s nothing more important to me, as the commissioner of the league, the safety and security of our players, and so we take very seriously the threats that he has received.”