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Wizards vs. Knicks final score: Washington’s downward spiral continues in 101-97 loss to New York

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Former Wizard Trey Burke scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, as the Knicks defeated the Wizards 101-97 on Sunday night.

The issues that dogged Washington in each of their previous two losses returned against the Knicks. Though they kept New York from having a big night beyond the arc, they allowed 48 points in the paint. No single player dominated, but every Knick who got playing time scored at least one bucket in the paint.

At other points in the season Washington’s offense would have been enough to carry them through, but not in this one. Bradley Beal was 5-for-17 from the field, Otto Porter was 5-for-13, and Marcin Gortat missed 7 of his 9 shots, including a tip shot in the closing seconds which would have tied the game.

The bench, on the other hand, had a productive night offensively. They combined for 44 points, led by 13 from Kelly Oubre and 11 from Ramon Sessions, but the Knicks’ bench scored 47, so they were still a net negative on the night.

The Wizards’ slump comes at a rough time. Washington has now lost three straight and now sit 2.5 games behind the Pacers for fifth place, and they’re just one game ahead of the seventh-place Bucks.

Takeaways

John Wall can’t come back soon enough

Let’s review all those fun talking points from the first few games the Wizards played when John Wall was out and see how they’ve held up:

Wall’s absence also continues to have a real impact on Marcin Gortat’s production. He was 2-of-9 in this game and since the break, he’s shooting under 45 percent from the field. It turns out not everybody eats.

Sometimes people just miss

If there’s one thing that’s probably not worth getting worked up about from this game, it’s Bradley Beal’s shooting. He was 5-of-17 from the field, but most of his looks from outside were clean, they just didn’t fall.

He’s made over half of his shots in each of the past five games before this, so he should be fine moving forward.

Game Notes

  • Jason Smith got six minutes of playing time in the second half. He made his only shot and grabbed two rebounds. He didn’t do anything to hurt Washington’s chances but it was still a curious decision, considering Ian Mahinmi hadn’t done anything all that poorly in the first half. It just felt like Scott Brooks was trying to shake things up and if that’s the case, I suppose Smith makes more sense than Tim Frazier or Chris McCullough as the team’s novelty kick of energy.
  • Good: Kelly Oubre was 6-for-8 inside the arc.
  • Bad: Kelly Oubre was 0-for-6 on threes.
  • At least the three-point defense is still working. The Wizards held the Knicks to six threes, the least they’ve held a team to since January.