Despite a career high 29 points from rookie Bradley Beal, the Knicks edged the Wizards at Verizon Center, 96-88.

The Wizards got on top of the Knicks early and held the lead for most of the first quarter before going scoreless the last three minutes and falling behind by three. The second quarter was virtually a carbon copy as the two teams went back and forth until the Wizards were once again held scoreless for the final three minutes and the Knicks went ahead by six.

On Wednesday against the Pistons, the Wizards had a disastrous third quarter and a tremendous fourth. Tonight was the inverse of that for Washington in the second half. In the third quarter, Bradley Beal took over with 12 points and the Wizards won the quarter 29-19 and went ahead by four. The final frame saw the Knicks start the quarter with a 10-0 run to pull ahead by six early, but a Beal three brought that back to one with four minutes to go. The Wizards would not hit a field goal the rest of the way though and the Knicks would put an eight point distance between themselves and the Wizards for the victory.

Bradley Beal scored his career high 29 points on 10/21 shooting and 4/7 from three. He also pulled down 11 rebounds. Emeka Okafor also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Wizards did outrebound the Knicks in this one, 44-41. John Wall had 16 points and six assists and Ariza added 15 points off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks and all scorers with 30 points, Raymond Felton had 23 and JR Smith added 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.

The Wizards will be back at it Sunday against the Sixers at Verizon Center. Tip-off is at 6pm.

Emeka Okafor
Points: 11
Rebounds: 10
Blocks: 2

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Points: Bradley Beal - 29
Rebounds: Bradley Beal - 11
Assists: John Wall - 6
Blocks: Emeka Okafor - 2
Steals: John Wall - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the team performance:

“It was a tight game. We needed to get a shot attempt and we didn’t. But our guys battled, I don’t have a complaint about that. We stayed with what we wanted to do and did a good job of it. Against a team like this, you can’t miss 10 free throws and a combination of other things. For us, we have to be better at the free throw line and take care of the ball down in crunch time. Those are the main things we have to concentrate on and do a better job.”

Bradley Beal Postgame

On the game slowing down for him: :

“It’s really showing. You can see how calm I am and being relaxed. I’m not pressuring myself and my teammates do a great job setting me up to be able to make plays. Coach and my teammates as well, do a great job setting me up and putting me in position to make those plays. My confidence is sky high, ever since January on.”

John Wall Postgame

Trevor Ariza Postgame

On playing shorthanded:

“It happens. Like I said before, the NBA is a long season. You are going to be down guys throughout the season. It gives everybody else opportunities to step up and go in for those people that were out.”