Knicks In Too Big A Hole, Lose To Wizards

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 23 points and had 11 assists and Otto Porter added 21 points as the Washington Wizards won for just the third time in 11 games, beating the New York Knicks 119-112 on Thursday night.

The Wizards, who had lost three straight, took the lead late in the first quarter, led by 10 at halftime and by 27 late in the third quarter. They made a season-high 15 three-pointers.

New York trailed 108-86 with 4:33 to play before scoring 12 straight points. Wall hit two late baskets and four free throws to secure the win.

New York, which allowed a season high in points, was led by Derrick Rose with 27. Carmelo Anthony scored 19.

Kristaps Porzingis, who scored a career-high 35 points on Wednesday in a win over Detroit, had 16. Brandon Jennings scored 15 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Knicks.

Wall played 31 minutes in his first back-to-back action of the season, a night after he logged 24 in a loss at Philadelphia.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks had been avoiding Wall in early-season back-to-backs because of the star point guard's offseason knee surgery.

Washington's bench, which center Marcin Gortat labeled "one of the worst in the league right now" after Saturday's loss in Chicago, had a stronger performance. Marcus Thornton had 13 points, making all three three-point shots.

Tip-Ins

Knicks: F Lance Thomas missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle. "I don't think we have a timetable on it," coach Jeff Hornacek said. ... C Joakim Noah was assessed a technical foul midway through the third quarter. ... Have lost 10 of last 11 to Washington.

Wizards: G Bradley Beal returned after missing three games with a right hamstring injury and had 13 points.

Up Next

Knicks: Host Atlanta on Sunday. The Hawks have won six straight.

Wizards: Host Miami on Saturday. It's the second of three consecutive home games.

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