The 30-47 New York Knicks would miss the Playoffs for a fourth straight season while the 46-31 Washington Wizards would make the Playoffs for the first time while being coached by Scott Brooks. Tonight, these two teams would face off for the fourth time this season as Washington won the last three games against them. The first game, which was played on November 17 in the Nation’s Capital, resulted in a 119-112 win for the home team. In that game, John Wall would put up twenty-three points, while Derrick Rose would score twenty-seven points. In the second game, which was played on January 19 in New York, the visiting team would escape with a 113 to 110 win. In that game, John Wall would go for twenty-nine points, while Carmelo Anthony would put up thirty-four points. The third matchup was on January 31 in Washington as the Wizards would win, 117-101. In that game, Bradley Beal would finish with twenty-eight points while Carmelo Anthony ended up with twenty-six points. This meeting tonight will mark the last encounter between these two teams as the Wizards look to take advantage of Kristaps Porzingis being out (back) and win this regular season series in New York.
In the first quarter, the Wizards would hit the ground running as John Wall shoots 100 percent from the field and put up ten points, including two 3-pointers. Bradley Beal would also help out as he goes two for five from the field, earning himself seven points. The home team would enter the second quarter, trailing 33 to 27. In the second quarter, Kelly Oubre Jr. would come off the bench to post up seven points, including one 3-pointer. On the other end, second-round pick Willy Hernangomez would earn himself six points, along with Carmelo Anthony’s five points. But it was the Washington Wizards who would go to the locker room in halftime with a 59-51 lead. The home team would look to come back as both Justin Holiday and Kyle O’Quinn would put up seven points, while Anthony scores five points including one 3-pointer. On the other end, Marcin Gortat earned himself seven points, along with Wall’s five points as Washington ended the quarter with an 82-75 lead. New York would go on a 28 to 24 run in the last period as Sasha Vujacic puts up eight points but with the help of Beal’s twelve points, it would be Washington who pulls away with a 106-103 win. Bradley Beal would end the game with twenty-five points, three rebounds and one assist. John Wall would also finish with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.