September 20, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Pierce, Temple Lead Wiz Past Knicks

WALL STRUGGLES, PIERCE AND TEMPLE PICK UP SLACK

For the third consecutive game, the Washington Wizards (3-1) notched another victory as they defeated the New York Knicks inside Madison Square Garden, 98-83.

With John Wall struggling to find some offense, it was veteran forward Paul Pierce and young-gun Garrett Temple that stepped up for the Randy Wittman.

Replacing the injured Bradley Beal, Temple got hot from behind the arc, along with Pierce. Combing to go 7-for-12 from deep, both players scored a team-high 17 points as the Wizards went on to win.

Scoring the first four points of the game for the Wizards, it wasn’t until the 3:13-mark in the third period that Wall dropped another bucket. All the while, Pierce put the team on his back, particularly after the halftime intermission.

Finding themselves down by five after two quarters, the Wizards came out firing on all cylinders in the third. Outscoring the Knicks 32-15 in the period, a four-point play by Paul Pierce highlighted a quarter that saw the Wizards go on a 14-0 run to give themselves a 72-60 advantage heading into the final period.

Pierce scored eight of his 17 points in the period while Kevin Seraphin scored Washington’s last six points of the period off the bench.

Speaking of the bench, the Wizards’ came up big on Tuesday night, as well.

Combing for 41 points, Seraphin (15 points) went a 6-for-7 from the floor while Drew Gooden (10 points) and Andre Miller (12 points) to lead Washington’s reserves. In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Wittman’s extras went shot-for-shot with the Knicks to keep the Wizards in front while the starters rested.

Winning the third straight game since losing the openers, the Wizards return to D.C. for an Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch with the Indiana Pacers (1-3). Tipoff from the Verizon Center is set for 8 p.m. ET.

GAME NOTES

  • In the paint, the Wizards were dominant. Scoring 34 points, Nene and Gortat both had quiet nights on offense (6 points apiece), but combined for 14 of Washington’s 14 rebounds.
  • With just 11 points, Wall struggled from the floor shooting 5-of-11. Where he lacked in point production, he made up for in assists, dishing a game-high seven dimes, including several to fuel the game-changing third quarter for the Wizards.
  • Like most sports, the team that wins the turnover battle has the best chance to win the game. On Tuesday night, the Wizards won that battle, committing just 12 turnovers to the Knicks 18.
About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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