The Washington Wizards are still winless in the preseason after a DFDSFDSF loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The pivotal moment of the game happened in the third quarter when the Wizards were held to just 21.1 percent shooting which turned a 59-55 halftime deficit into a 95-76 margin heading into the fourth. If the Wizards did not make of 12-of-17 from the free throw line, the margin would have been a lot worse.
The Knicks looked very strong from start to finish, even though the Wizards were able to turn a 13 point second quarter deficit into a very brief 64-61 lead early in the third. For New York, six players scored in double figures, led by RJ Barrett who had 18 points. New York also had a field day from the three point line, making 24-of-52 shots or 46.2 percent of their long range shots.
The Wizards on the other hand, had some inconsistent individual performances. Bradley Beal played 25 minutes and scored 14 points. But he shot just 39 percent from the field and went 1-of-5 from three. Corey Kispert and Davis Bertans couldn’t buy themselves buckets. Daniel Gafford was held to just one rebound in 22 minutes, which would have made former Washington head coach Randy Wittman furious.
Despite Washington’s poor performance tonight (38.2 percent shooting overall and 16.1 percent from three), Montrezl Harrell had a double double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Deni Avdija also had some game action where he scored 4 points in 16 minutes of action.
Washington’s next preseason game will be on Tuesday when they host the Toronto Raptors at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.