September 21, 2019

Washington Wizards Preseason Game 8 Recap: Wiz Fall Short Against Knicks

WALL DROPS 29, WIZ LOSE IN FINAL SECONDS TO KNICKS

Playing inside Madison Square Garden, the Washington Wizards dropped to 4-4, losing to the New York Knicks, 103-100.

After taking Monday off, John Wall returned to lead the Wizards in perhaps his finest performance of the preseason. Scoring 29 points, he also dished seven assists and forced four steals in 33:21 minutes.

To begin the night, however, it was Otto Porter Jr. (22 points) that led the way for Washington early on. Dropping 12 points in the first quarter, he accounted for nearly half of the Wizards 25 points in the period to take a one-point lead into the second.

At the half, Washington found themselves down 51-50. Heading into the fourth, Randy Wittman’s team was up 79-72, but faltered down the stretch.

Tied at 97 with 1:37 left, a three-pointer from Rasual Butler with 33 seconds left to tie the game at 100 would be the closest they would get. Carmelo Anthony would score the final three of his 30 points with 13 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

As the clock ticked away to zero, Porter had a chance to tie it with a three, but couldn’t hit and the Wizards took the loss.

Led on the board by Marcin Gortat’s 10 rebounds, the Wizards were defeating in rebounding by the Knicks 34-30. However, their free throw shooting was much improved, going 15-16 from the charity stripe and 51-percent overall from the floor.

Kevin Seraphin kept his solid preseason play going with 10 points and Damion James added 13 points of his own.

With the preseason out of the way, the Wizards now being their regular season schedule a week from Wednesday on Oct. 29, 2014 with they head to South Beach to play the Miami Heat. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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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