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Wall's 23 points, 11 assists lead Wizards over Knicks

Wall's 23 points, 11 assists lead Wizards over Knicks”

Heat's dominant big man Hassan Whiteside is averaging 17.6 points and 16 rebounds per game and with Wizard's center Ian Mahinmi still working his way back from knee surgery, Whiteside may cause serious issues for the Wizards. Thanks to stellar 3-point shooting and an intact starting lineup, they got what they needed.

Otto Porter flies in for the jam. G Bradley Beal returned after missing three games with a right hamstring injury and had 18 points. As this game began, New York's offense was stagnant. "Coming out with a mindset of being aggressive and being physical".

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

Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 35 points on Wednesday night and posed a matchup problem for the Washington Wizards, as he does to most teams, with his size.

NY scored 47 points in the fourth quarter, but inconsistency put them in trouble.

I feel that Washington let their foot off the gas in the latter half of the fourth quarter as they let a 23 point lead with 5:14 left in the game quickly evaporate to 10 after Brandon Jennings started going off in typical "Wizards Killer" mode. His 3-pointer gave the Wizards an 87-60 lead. "A lot of energy", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek of remaining focused when playing back-to-back games. "That probably didn't help as much in terms of them having that type of effort that you need to stop some guys". "Maybe I should have been more aggressive". "It's tough on a guy that's 7'3". There's a few of them that were contested, but we looked like we were a little exhausted from last night and we weren't getting all the way up on the guys. Despite a valiant comeback and trimming the lead to just three points with 1:29 to play, Washington suffered a 109-102 defeat in Philly. Porter already has 4 games with 20+ points this season after having 9 all of last season. Washington has yet to win a game on the road but two of its victories have come against two teams (Atlanta and Boston) that figure to be in the postseason discussion at the end of the year. As a team, Washington shot a scorching 61.9 percent from the field and an even better 66.7 percent from deep out of the half. He shot 13-for-22 (59.1%) from the floor and 6-for-7 (85.7%) from the free throw line.

As Coach Scott Brooks addressed reporters Thursday night, he spoke of the "beauty of back-to-backs". "Guys really competed, moved the ball".

Wall had his sixth double double of the season with 23 points and 11 assists to snap a three-game slide for the Wizards. Holiday scored eight points, knocking down two more three-pointers in the process.

The New York Knicks go for their third-straight win. NY coach Jeff Hornacek is hopeful F Lance Thomas (sore left ankle) can return to the lineup early next week. That said, they're 5-1 against the spread in their last six games versus an opponent with a losing record and have covered in four of five games versus a team with a winning percentage that is below.400.



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