Wizards 98 Knicks 89
November 23, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
The Washington Wizards took down Carmelo Anthony and the snowballing New York Knicks last night at the Verizon Center in front of a plethora of regional Knicks fans. Per usual, the Phone Booth transformed into MSG 2.0 with an array of orange and blue splattered around the arena. The 98-89 win over the Knicks marked the fourth in five games for the Wizards. John Wall followed up his impressive 37 point performance in Toronto with a 31 point outing against a reeling Knicks team who simply had no answer for him. Marcin Gortat, who placed a personal chip on his shoulder after some shooting struggles, came out and treated the Knicks front court like that poor towel in Toronto, shredding their interior with 17 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.
Check out my quarter-by-quarter notes below…
Bradley Beal defense opens up the night. His steal led to a quick Nene baseline jumper to draw first blood.
Webster checking Melo had me a bit weary. Sags a bit chasing him through plays. Needs more palm in face. Melo hit a 3 to get started, and a midrange jumper on the baseline a few plays later.
Knicks have already attempted three 3’s on first 4 possessions. I don’t expect this to change at all.
Textbook P&R with Nene and Wall. Wall frees up for an open elbow jumper. Nailed it.
Nene seems active on D. Gets a steal on the perimeter and pushes to Martell for a transition bucket.
Wall again on the right elbow. SPLASH.
Wizards rotate the ball beautifully and get it to Martell for a corner 3.
Knicks seem to have no answer for Wall. Eating them on the fast break
Wall continues to eat up the Knicks. Loses Pirgioni to the rim for an And1
Garrett Temple makes some noise early in the 2nd with two jump shots.
Did Amar’e Stoudamire go to Germany? He’s been active in this quarter with 10 points midway through.
Eric Maynor sucks. That is all.
Love how the Wizards swing the ball looking for best shot.
That’s the Gortat we want to see: gets offensive board off a missed Beal 3, resets to Wall, gets it back and draws an And-1. Missed FT tho.
Gortat beautiful off the P&R, draws another And-1. And hit it this time!
Wizards go on a 7-2 run to start the quarter.
Ball rotations continue to be amazing. Wizards continuously passing up for better shots
Verizon Center Wi-Fi craps out on me and I lose focus of the game trying to get it back. Just know Marcin Gortat is owning this quarter right now.
Knicks fans in the stadium just getting obnoxious. Beal takes care of that with a short jumper.
Nice way for World Peace to waste a second chance opportunity. Chucking up a shot
Wall tries to help D on Melo. Doesn’t matter
HUGE stop by Gortat in transition denying a layup by Smith
W3BSTER nails a 3 on the other end
God the Wizards are moving the ball so well tonight.
Dat Wall swap on Shumpert to close it out, tho.
MVP: Marcin Gortat – 16 points, 17 rebounds (7 offensive), 0 towels ripped
Go ahead and credit that barbaric towel rip for Gortat’s breakout party last night. The sideline rage in Toronto certainly boiled over onto the court against the Knicks last night, as Gortat powered his way for 16 points on 7-11 shooting and 17 boards. He seemed much more elusive against the Knicks, establishing himself well under the rim for easy rebounds and creating second chance opportunities. The pick and roll with John Wall is improving game by game and last night, it was on par all night.
LVP: Eric Maynor – LOL
Dude, I can’t even do this anymore.
Key stat of the game: – Only 12 turnovers for Wizards
The one downside to this stat is that seven of these turnovers came by way of John Wall alone. But hey, I’m not knocking THAT dude tonight. No way no how. As well as the Wizards moved the ball around last night, it truly is amazing that they committed just 12 turnovers. The Wizards handled the rock beautifully all night, selflessly looking for the better shot by making the extra pass. A testament to all the success has to be the minimal time the second unit guys spent on the floor as the Wizards would play each of their starters for at least 35 minutes.
Tweet of the night:
God bless Steve Buckhantz
MSG 2.0 will transform into Staples Center 2.0 on Tuesday night when the Lakers come to town. The Wizards have won 4 of their last 5 and their confidence is at a season max. Wall is shooting well, Gortat is coming into his own and the Wizards are excelling both on the fast break and in their half court offense. The Lakers are 6-7 but have one two straight, including a big win against the Warriors. The Wizards will round out November with the Lakers on Tuesday, followed by a 2-game road stint in Milwaukee and Indiana, before returning home for Atlanta.