For the second time this year, Beal hit the game winner at MSG, this time a 20 footer with 22 seconds to go, to give the Wizards a 90-89 victory over the Knicks. The two teams went back and forth the entire fourth quarter before Beal and the Wizards got the last laugh. The win gives the Wizards the season series sweep over the Knicks, three games to zero. The Knicks stayed in the game with three point shooting, going 14/31, but the Wizards shot the ball better overall, 48.7% to 44.7%. The Wizards, and particularly Ariza, held Anthony to just 10 points on 5/14 shooting, and forced him into nine turnovers. Beal led the Wizards with 28 points while Wall had 19 points and nine assists. JR Smith led all scorers with 32 points on 12/23 shooting including 8/16 from beyond the arc.
This one was decided in the final moments and it was Beal who played the hero. The Wizards got the ball down after a Raymond Felton three with 33 seconds to go. Beal got the ball on the wing where he was denied from three, but he calmly stepped inside the arc and drained a 20 footer with 22 seconds left. On the final position, Ariza gave Anthony nothing so Smith was forced to heave a deep three which was off the mark and the Wizards escaped.
Player of the Game
This one, especially in the second half, was Beal's game. Beal scored 19 of his 28, including the game winner, in the second half. He finished 12/22 from the field, adding five boards and two steals while committing just one turnover.
29. The Wizards got a season series sweep over the Knicks for the first time in 29 years.
Trevor Ariza may have struggled a little on the offensive end, but was dominant on defense in holding Anthony to his lowest scoring game of the season.
By: Jacob Raim