Knicks Continue Their Struggles Against the Wizards

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The Knicks’ Michael Beasley driving against the Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. on Wednesday. Beasley finished which has a team-high 20 points.

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WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 27 points along with John Wall added 25 with nine assists as the Washington Wizards defeated the Knicks, 121-103, on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.

Playing for initially since he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Beal followed his 39-point outburst on Sunday by hitting 11 of his 14 field-goal attempts for the Wizards, who have won 5 of their last six games.

Marcin Gortat had a season-high 21 points, doing 9 of 10 shots through the field.

Michael Beasley had 20 points, including 16 inside the second half to lead the Knicks, who have lost six of seven, along with 14 of their last 15 against the Wizards. The loss also dropped the Knicks to 3-13 on the road.

Kristaps Porzingis added 16 points for the Knicks (18-20), who also had guard Ron Baker back inside the lineup after he missed a game which has a left orbital fracture. Baker wore a protective mask which he said he likely to use for at least four weeks. He finished with 4 points in 19 minutes.

In an energetic first half which ended with both teams shooting 58.1 percent, Wall’s jumper at the horn gave the Wizards a 64-63 halftime lead.

The first seven Washington baskets inside the third quarter were through inside, along with the resulting 15-3 run gave the Wizards a 79-66 lead with 7 minutes 47 seconds to play inside the quarter.

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