JOHN Wall came up clutch with two big baskets and a huge steal down the stretch to help the Washington Wizards escape a thriller over the New York Knicks, 113-110, at the Madison Square Garden on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The Wizards overcame a blazing second quarter from Carmelo Anthony, who poured a Knicks-record 25 points in the period that gave New York a slim 67-66 edge at the half. Otto Porter Jr. sank four threes in the third to push Washington up by as much as 16 after outscoring the Knicks, 34-19, as both Anthony and Derrick Rose went ice cold in the period.
Washington even led by as much as 14 near the midway point of the fourth, before New York rallied back with Anthony regaining his fiery form. The Knicks regained the lead after Rose recovered his own miss for a putback that put them up 110-109 with 48 ticks left.
Wall came to the Wizards’ rescue in sinking a pair of free throws, then nabbing the rebound for a coast-to-coast layup that put Washington back on the driver’s seat, 113-110, with 13 seconds remaining. On the next play, Brandon Jennings squared up for a three but Wall got the swipe to seal the win for the Wizards.
Washington won its fourth straight game to improve to 23-19. Wall led the way with 29 points, 13 assists and three steals. Porter finished with six triples to end up with 23 markers, and Markieff Morris added 14. Marcin Gortat had a double double of 12 points and the same number of rebounds.
Anthony finished with a game-high 34 points, and Rose added 20 but the Knicks fell to 19-25. Kristaps Porzingis came off the bench to score 15 markers.