BRADLEY Beal and John Wall came up clutch in leading the Washington Wizards to avert a late-game collapse against the New York Knicks, 106-103, at the Madison Square Garden on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Beal and Wall each hit four triples to score 25 and 24 points, respectively, after securing the Wizards’ second straight win, but only after getting past a feisty fightback from the Knicks.
The Knicks clawed back from a 12-point fourth quarter deficit behind Sasha Vujacic and Justin Holiday, who teamed up for a 9-0 blitz midway through the period to tie the game at 97 with 2:49 left.
The Wizards regained a four-point edge but back-to-back jumpers by Carmelo Anthony got the game knotted at 101 before Beal knocked down a huge triple to put Washington ahead with 49 ticks remaining.
Anthony answered with a pair of free throws, before Wall found Beal open on a nifty inbounds play to draw the foul on Holiday, and Beal went on to drill his charities. The Wizards secured the win after Anthony missed on a game-tying attempt from beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded.
The Wizards swept the four-game season series with the Knicks, and are now tied at third with the Toronto Raptors in the East standings with a 48-31 card.
Marcin Gortat added 16 points for Washington.
Anthony led the Knicks (30-49) with 23 points, while Holiday added 16 markers off the bench.