Washington Wizards: John Wall clutch in final seconds to beat Knicks

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2018

Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter (toe) will play on Monday versus the New York Knicks.

Wall has averaged 21.3 points and 8.4 assists in 34.6 minutes per game this season.

The Knicks closed the gap to 86-80 at the end of the quarter and pulled within 88-84 early in the fourth. Damyean Dotson scored 17 and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 16 rebounds for NY, which has lost three of four.

However, the Wizards scored the next seven points and went on to lead by a game-high 16, 105-89, on Wall's jumper with 4:24 to play.

Wall's driving layup pushed the lead to 80-69 at the 3:33 mark, but NY rallied to within 86-80 by the end of the quarter.

NY mounted a frantic rally and pulled within three, 107-104, on Noah Vonleh's layup with 35 seconds left.

But Wall hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left that mostly ended New York's hopes.

With New York's franchise star Kristaps Porzingis getting close to free agency, it's imperative that the Knicks pair him with another big-name stud.

Meanwhile, the Knicks have have been relatively pleased with the rise of point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke - creating the theory around the league that second-year man Frank Ntilikina has become available.

The Knicks have big plans for the summer when numerous league's top players can become unrestricted free agents. He has shot 44.3 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3-point range. It was reported last month by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Wizards (10-14) were open to trade discussions over each of their players, including the likes of Wall and Bradley Beal, given the team's struggles in the league.

The winning streak at Madison Square Garden has now been pushed to nine for the Washington Wizards. NY coach David Fizdale called time as the Washington run reached 20-4.

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