2016-2017 NBA regular season playoffs round, Washington Wizard vs New York Knicks (games-playoffs) April 06, 2017 Thursday full replay, result and recap the full game will be available.
NEW YORK — John Wall thinks if the Washington Wizards want to make a deep run in the playoffs, they will have to ramp up their defense.
The Wizards moved into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with a 106-103 victory over the Knicks on Thursday, but allowed New York to get back into it in the fourth quarter. The Wizards led by as many 15 points in the third before Bradley Beal bailed them out down the stretch.
A 9-0 run by the Knicks tied it at 97-97 with 2:50 to play. Carmelo Anthony tied it again at 101-101 with a jumper, but Beal scored Washington’s last five points — on a 3-pointer that made it 104-101 and two free throws.
Anthony’s 3-point attempt to tie it with 2.9 seconds left was long off the rim.
Washington (48-31) picked up a half-game on Toronto (48-31), which was off Thursday. Each team has three games left in the regular season.
The Knicks (30-49) host Toronto on Sunday. The Wizards host Miami on Saturday.
Beal topped Washington with 25 points. Wall contributed 24 points and eight assists and Marcin Gortat recorded 16 points.
New York received 23 points from Anthony, 16 from Justin Holiday and 13 from Willy Hernangomez. Kristaps Porzingis was out with a sore lower back.
The Knicks shot 9 of 22 in the third quarter and trailed 82-75 entering the fourth.
New York will miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.
A traditional three-point play from Gorat moved the Wizards lead to 71-56 with 7:05 left in the third. Wall spent most of the third on the bench as Washington maintained mostly a double-digit lead.
He re-entered in the fourth, scoring seven crucial points in a row, giving his team a 101-97 lead.
A layup from Hernangomez whittled the Wizards lead to 51-48 with 2:17 left in the second, but Washington responded with an 8-3 run to take a 59-51 edge at the break.
Wall was perfect in the first quarter, going 4 for 4 and 2 for 2 from the line, helping the Wizards to a 33-27 lead.