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Takeaways from Wizards' big road win over Knicks

Takeaways from Wizards' big road win over Knicks

The closing out of the New York Knicks left a lot to be desired for the Wizards, who didn’t get the best performance from Bradley Beal and lost a double-digit lead, but John Wall scored the last four points and made a strip on the final play as they won back-to-back games for the first time 113-110 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

John Wall (25 points, 13 assists, five rebounds) posted his 25th double-double and Otto Porter (23 points, six rebounds) tied his career-high with six three-pointers to lead them to their season-high fourth win in a row and and just their fifth road victory. Markieff Morris (14 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Marcin Gortat (12 points, 12 rebounds) also had strong games.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers (34 points, 10 rebounds) and the Knicks had Derrick Rose (20 points), Kristaps Porzingis (15 points) and Justin Holiday (11 points) also in double figures.  

The Wizards (23-19) led 100-86 entering the fourth quarter. Brandon Jennings (three points) made his only shot from deep to cut the deficit to 107-104, but Wall responded with a strong drive for a layup to end a five-minute field-goal drought by Washington.

Rose missed on a difficult drive at the rim put collected the loose ball for a putback to give New York (19-25) a 110-109 lead.

But Wall took over. He was fouled on a drive by Anthony and made both free throws. Then when Anthony tried to give his team the lead back, Wall took the missed jumper immediately downcourt for a breakaway dunk for the final margin.

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The Wizards held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-101 on Wednesday in similar fashion, almost squandering a double-digit led and surviving a game-tying shot. The Knicks never got off one as Jennings lost the handle and Wall passed the ball ahead for Bradley Beal to run out the clock.

In games decided by six points or less, the Wizards are 12-4.

--After setting a career-high with six made three-pointers Wednesday, Porter had six more as he had plenty of uncontested looks again.

--New York played better when Rose wasn’t on the floor with Anthony as the stretch option at the four spot and Porzingis at the five. Anthony went on his 25-point explosion in the second quarter with mostly the second unit. When coach Jeff Hornacek went back to it late in the third with the deficit growing, Rose was at the point guard and took the shots without success. Most were quick, low-percentage and were welcomed by Washington, which in the past has schemed to let Rose take plenty of shots.

-- For the second game in a row, Beal was cold. Unlike what he faced vs. Memphis, which is an elite defensive team, the Knicks aren't very good. Still, Beal missed 9 of 13 shots and didn’t look as crisp with his legs or decision-making. He shot 4-for-14 previously Wednesday. Beal also failed to make a three as he misfired on all seven.

--Jason Smith (11 points) and Kelly Oubre (10 points) gave the Wizards the punch off the bench that they’ve lacked on the road to compensate for Beal. They also combined for seven rebounds.

--Tomas Satornasky played 14 minutes and his only make in two attempts was a three-pointer. He had two steals in solid two-way play to further solidify his spot in the rotation. Trey Burke (three points) only played six minutes but made a three as well. Sheldon McClellan, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson didn’t play. 

--To combat New York's smaller lineups, Wizards coach Scott Brooks went smaller too whhich is why Gortat only logged 29 minutes. Gortat only played three minutes in the fourth quarter but produced nonetheless. 

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Kevin Durant creating a documentary on why so many NBA players come from Prince George's County

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Kevin Durant creating a documentary on why so many NBA players come from Prince George's County

Still recovering from a long rehab process after rupturing his Achilles in the NBA Finals last year, the way Kevin Durant is spending his time may spark the interest of basketball fans all around the DMV area. 

The Sports Business Journal reported Durant is creating a documentary focusing on the prominence of basketball stars raised in Prince George's County and is "putting the finishing touches" on the project. 

Durant's Thirty Five Ventures has the documentary, called "In the Water", listed as still in development on its website. With players like Durant, University of Maryland legend Len Bias, and Pacers all-star guard Victor Oladipo all coming from the same place, this will surely be a must-watch. 

Markelle Fultz, Jeff Green, Quinn Cook, and Ty Lawson are also some of the better known local products to make it in the NBA. The documentary will air on Showtime. 

"This is a project that really looks at the roots of why that is societally and culturally," Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza told Sports Business Journal. 

Some of Thirty Five Ventures' other projects include ESPN+'s "The Boardroom" starring Durant and Jay Williams, Still KD, and more. Co-founded with manager Rich Kleiman, the company also has a diverse portfolio that includes investments into companies like food delivery service Postmates and the sports network Overtime. 

Although Durant has repeatedly said he won't be playing for his hometown Wizards during the past few free agency periods, he has done quite a bit to shine some light on the local community's success. 

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Looking back at the top moments in Wizards All-Star Weekend history

Looking back at the top moments in Wizards All-Star Weekend history

The Wizards sent three representatives to 2020 NBA All-Star Chicago in Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner and Davis Bertans. The three young big men will join a long list of D.C. greats that have performed exceptionally well during All-Star Weekend history.

John Wall wins the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

John Wall was the last All-Star to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. In 2014, Wall competed in a revamped format of the Dunk Contest with a freestyle round followed by a battle round. Wall was voted Dunker of the Night.

Javale McGee gets snubbed in the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

McGee came in second place in the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, losing the fan vote to then-Clippers star Blake Griffin. McGee 

Tim Legler wins 1996 Three-Point Contest

Legler is the only Wizard/Bullet to win the Three-Point Shootout. Legler defeated Orlando Magic guard Dennis Scott in the final round of the shootout back in 1996. Legler announced that he almost missed the contest due to the birth of his daughter. After consulting with his wife, she insisted he participate, and they induced labor a week before All-Star Weekend. He dedicated the contest to his newborn and put forward the winning prize money toward her college fund.

Dave Bing named 1976 All-Star Game MVP

Bullets star Dave Bing won MVP in the final All-Star Game of his career. Bing is the only Wizard/Bullet in the franchise's history to be named All-Star Game MVP. He shot 7-of-11 from the floor and scored 16 points.

John Wall named MVP of 2011 Rising Stars Challenge

Wall brought home the hardware during his first Rising Stars Challenge, scoring 12 points and dishing out 22 assists to lead the rookies past a star-studded sophomore squad that included Stephen Curry and James Harden. 

Gilbert Arenas reaches the 2007 Three-Point Contest finals

Arenas competed in the Three-Point Contest in 2006 and 2007 as a member of the Wizards. He came in second place in his first go-round, falling to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, and lost to Heat sharpshooter Jason Kapono in 2007.

Bradley Beal reaches the 2014 Three-Point Contest finals

Beal reached the final round of the shootout in 2014 but narrowly lost to Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, 24-18.

Davis Bertans reaches the 2020 Three-Point Contest finals

The Latvian Laser held his own in his first-ever Three-Point Contest. Bertans swept his money ball rack and ended up making seven in a row to earn himself a spot in the final round where he eventually lost to Kings' sharpshooter Buddy Hield.

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