The Washington Wizards lost to the New York Knicks on Saturday night, 107-100. Despite not having Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura and other key contributors, the Wizards still had their chances to keep things interesting.
The first half of this game was another one of those rough starts for Washington. The Wizards raced to an early lead, but the Knicks countered with a 17-0 run to lead 33-23 after the first.
Knicks on a 17-0 run right now. Tough scene for the Frank Sucks crowd right now, he's pushing the pace like crazy. Also great play from Dotson, and Portis is hitting shots— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) December 29, 2019
Washington countered with a strong second quarter with a 35-26 run, forcing New York to commit 7 turnovers and regaining a chance to keep the game close as they trailed 59-58.
Of course, the Knicks came back with a 15-point lead in the third quarter but managed to keep things interesting by making another run, including a 14-0 run to end the third start the fourth. They were down just 86-85 at that point.
Despite Jordan McRae’s heroics where he scored 16 of his 20 points and shot 6-of-6 from the field in the fourth quarter, Washington shots just 3-of-18 from everyone else in the last quarter. Meanwhile, the Knicks had just enough left in the tank to pull out a close win despite shooting just 5-of-19 in the fourth when most other teams would have let the game slip away.
The game was also frustrating from the fact that the Wizards forced the Knicks to commit 22 total turnovers and they scored 28 points off them. That’s good. However, Washington shot just 34.4 percent as a team for the game. And that explains why they weren’t able to pull this one out.
The Wizards, with their laundry list of injuries, started Gary Payton II and Johnathan Williams, neither of whom were with the team last week. Payton II continued his strong play this season, scoring 13 of his 15 points for Washington in the first half. Isaiah Thomas dded 20 points.
Julius Randle led the Knicks with 30 points.
On a brighter note. this game had a bit more of a celebrity feel to it than most. First and foremost, Washington alumnus DeShawn Stevenson came back to his old stomping grounds.
Former Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson is in the building! #WizKnicks | @DSteve92JMarie pic.twitter.com/AZEkUf8Q6Q— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 29, 2019
In addition, Mike Myers, the guy who played Austin Powers in those late 90s movies, was also here. GROOVY BABY!
We’re not worthy!— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 29, 2019
Mike Myers in the house pic.twitter.com/x7hnsaeVXc
The Wizards still have five more games in this homestand. They will host the Miami Heat on Monday, Dec. 30. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.