WASHINGTON vented its ire from a disappointing loss on a weary New York squad as the Wizards shot the lights out from beyond the arc and held on to beat the Knicks, 119-112, at the Verizon Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The Wizards sank a season-high 15 triples on 60 percent shooting from deep in a match they took control after trailing early in the first quarter.
Otto Porter hit four three-pointers on his way to 21 points to lead four Wizards with at least three triples made. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcus Thornton each had three treys, while Kelly Oubre Jr added two from deep.
Washington built its biggest lead at 27 points in the third quarter, but Brandon Jennings led a furious rally in the fourth to cut the gap down to nine with 1:56 left. Wall countered with two huge plays and the Wizards kept the Knicks at bay with crucial free throws down the stretch.
Wall had his sixth double double of the season with 23 points and 11 assists to snap a three-game slide for the Wizards. Beal added 18 markers, while Marcin Gortat and Marcus Thornton chipped in 16 and 13, respectively. Washington now stands at 3-8 and has won 10 of the last 11 games against New York.
Derrick Rose led the Knicks with 27 points, 23 in the second half. Carmelo Anthony added 19 markers and Kristaps Porzingis chipped in 16 after scoring a career-high 35 in the last game. Jennings had a double double off the bench with 17 points and 10 assists but the Knicks fell to 5-7.