WAS 106, NYK 103: Wizards Escape MSG with Narrow Victory Over Knicks

How It Happened:
The Knicks nearly played spoiler again to a team fighting for playoff positioning.  After trailing by nine late in the fourth quarter, New York rallied on a 7-0 run to trim the deficit to 97-95 with 3:23 on the game clock.  Two minutes later, Carmelo Anthony utilized a jab step to free himself for a jumper over Kelly Oubre Jr. to tie the game at 101-101.  Bradley Beal answered on the other side of court with a corner 3-pointer and 48 seconds remaining in the contest.  Following two successful free throws from Anthony, Beal hit a pair at the strip to extend the Wizards lead to 106-103 with 8.9 seconds to go.  Anthony’s last-second shot attempt from downtown just missed and Washington managed to escape the Garden with a 106-103 victory.  Beal and John Wall combined for 49 points as the Wizards improved to 48-31 on the season.

Knick of the Night:
Anthony scored a team-high 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Notables:
Justin Holiday registered 16 points off the pine, Willy Hernangomez posted 13 points and eight rebounds, and Ron Baker finished with 12 points.

News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis missed his second straight game due to a sore back.  Chasson Randle was also sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in the Tuesday night contest at MSG.

Statistically Speaking:
New York owned two key categories tonight as it outscored Washington 44-38 in the paint and 26-5 in fastbreak points.

Next Up:
The Knicks hit the road for the final back-to-back game of the regular season.  On Friday evening, New York will face the Grizzlies in Memphis with all the coverage on MSG Network.

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