Instant analysis: Wizards 102, Knicks 101

Instant analysis: Wizards 102, Knicks 101
December 16, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Highlights: Wizards 102, Knicks 101

NEW YORK -- Bradley Beal only contributed seven points in the first half and started the second half cold, but the second-year shooting guard, playing for the first time since Nov. 23, carried the Wizards back in the fourth quarter and made the game-winner with 6.9 seconds left as they ended a four-game losing streak. 

Even though the Knicks had timeouts left, they opted to play through and Carmelo Anthony took an off-balance shot from far outside the three-point line that didn't have a chance. It was Washington's first win at the Garden since 2006. 

Beal scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead jumper at 85-83. Beal drew an offensive foul on Amar'e Stoudemire before that shot to give the Wizards (10-13) the extra possession. 

John Wall torched the Knicks in the first half when he scored 19 of his 20. Martell Webster returned to the bench and caught fire with a team-high 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting.

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Wall blew open a close contest in the second quarter when he scored nine consecutive points in the last 1:35, including a three-point play when he pulled up to hit a jump shot over Pablo Prigioni and made the free throw. Then Wall turned to the crowd, thumped his chest and let them know he was fired up.

It appeared to be an easy night when the third quarter opened. Wall fed Marcin Gortat for a layup, Trevor Booker out-hustled three Knicks for an offensive rebound and a put-back and the Wizards were ahead 57-42 as boos started for the home team. 

But New York (7-17) stormed back to complete a 35-point third quarter when Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his game-high 32 points and J.R. Smith contributed eight of his 18.

The Knicks led most of the fourth quarter until Beal heated up. His three-pointer over Bargnani cut the deficit to 82-81. After Stoudemire made one of two free throws, Gortat had a layup to tie the score at 83. 

The Wizards went up 92-85 and appeared to have the game won again until Smith made consecutive three-pointers to put the Knicks back on top 98-94 with 2:16 left. Bargnani had free throws to push the lead to 100-97 and and Beal closed the show.

Turning point: Coach Randy Wittman opted to stick with a backcourt of Beal and Garrett Temple and didn't insert Wall in the fourth until 4:27 remained. Wall had an airball three-point attempt and couldn't do anything, but Beal ran the pick-and-roll with Gortat and the Knicks couldn't stop it. 

Best in show: Beal. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. Under any other circumstance, it would've been Webster. 

On target: After going two games with out a three-pointer made, Webster struck early and often. All six of his shots came from deep as he made 4 of 6 for 12 first-half points. He finished the game 6 of 8 from three and the Wizards 11 of 18. 

DNP: Eric Maynor, Otto Porter, Glen Rice and Chris Singleton did not play. 

From the locker room: "It was a hell of a game, number one. We had a swing early in the third where we got up by 15 and then they came back and cut it down. I think they got up four or five and then it was kind of a slugfest the last three or four minutes. J.R. hit some big shots. Bradley hit some big shots. Martell played huge. We were lucky to have the ball that last possession. Brad made a hell of a decision there. I think they were going to try and trap him with Bargnani and he faked the pick-and-roll and drove baseline and got to the rim and there weren't any other bigs down there to contest him so that was a smart play by him." -- Wittman

"We have to keep leads. In the third quarter we either lose or win games. Tonight we found a way to fight through it while they were making plays down the stretch. Brad made two big threes. It is going to be a different guy every night." -- Wall 

"I think they got lost. I don't think they were on the same page defensively because Beno sent (Bradley) baseline. I don't know what they were trying to do." -- Gortat

"I probably should have taken the timeout at the end. Beno (Udrih) grabbed it and the ball was in Melo's hands before I could even react and I should have reacted a lot sooner once the ball went through the bucket so that is on me. We knew we had a foul to give but Beno opened the floodgates. ... It happened so fast. He was thinking the help was there but it wasn't there so he couldn't even reach to grab the guy to take the foul. We all knew we had a foul to give but we didn't use it and I have to take the timeout." -- Knicks coach Mike Woodson

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Tuesday and play Wednesday at the Brooklyn Nets (CSN, 7:30 p.m. ET). They'll return to D.C. to prepare for Saturday's game at the Boston Celtics (CSN, 1).