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Takeaways from Wizards' season sweep of N.Y. Knicks behind John Wall, Bradley Beal's burst

Takeaways from Wizards' season sweep of N.Y. Knicks behind John Wall, Bradley Beal's burst

The season sweep of the New York Knicks is complete as the Wizards held on 106-103 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to keep themselves on pace for a 50-win season and in the hunt for the No. 3 seed in the East.

Bradley Beal (game-high 25 points) broke a 101 tie in the final minute with a three-pointer and two free throws. John Wall (24 points, eight assists) helped the Wizards (48-31) get out to early double-digit leads but they never could create enough separation to feel comfortable until the final whistle. Marcin Gortat (16 points) and Kelly Oubre (13 points, five rebounds, two blocks) also were key contributors. 

The Knicks (30-49) took an early lead but an 18-3 run by Washington flipped the momentum. Carmelo Anthony (23 points) led them followed by Justin Holiday (16 points).

Anthony's offensive spurt, a 6-0 run, tied the score until Beal closed. He had a chance to tie at the buzzer with a three that misfired.

The Wizards won the season series 4-0. 

[RELATED: Morris misses Wizards' game vs. Knicks with injury]

--Offensive rebounding kept the Knicks close in the first half when they trimmed what had been a 12-point deficit to 53-51. They ended with a 20-9 edge on the offensive glass, and a 49-39 edge overall. Their rebounding negated the Wizards' solid intial defense to force misses. Otto Porter (nine rebounds) led the Wizards in that category but only played 22 minutes. 

--Brandon Jennings, who gained his release from the Knicks so he could join a playoff team, didn’t have any real impact on the outcome until he ended a 7-0 run midway through the fourth. He pulled up from three-point range to push the lead to 92-85. It was his only make in five attempts. Balance on Jennings' jumpers remain a problem as he tends to fade immediately which causes them to be short. 

--Soreness to the foot and ankle has lingered with Markieff Morris since early in the season and he missed his fifth game of the season because of it. It appears that his ‘rest” days are more precautionary than anything and come against opponents the Wizards feel they can beat without him. Jason Smith (five points, six rebounds) started for him but was in foul trouble midway through the third quarter. The Wizards went to smaller lineups anyway. Oubre played 28 minutes and Bojan Bogdanvoic (eight points, six rebounds) played 31. 

--The Wizards continue to go into Gortat early in games. They started with a post-up for him against Marshall Plumlee that resulted in a turnaround jumper and he made another bucket going across the paint against the undersized big. Gortat made all seven of his shot attempts, his most field goals since Feb. 10 when he shot 7-for-12 vs. Indiana. 

--For some reason, the Knicks kept trusting their defensive concepts that had their five man, Willie Hernangomez, switching onto guards in the pick-and-roll. It created mismatches with him vs. Wall and Beal. Down the stretch, Wall got to the rim for a layup and a dunk. Beal got the switch, gave up the ball and got it back for a three. The switch never worked and the Knicks never considered changing it. 

--Oubre's length bothered the Knicks in the fourth. Though Sasha Vujacic (10 points) got hot, he was baited into a drive by the second-year forward and had his shot obliterated at the rim. Oubre then took the assignment on Anthony at the end of the game. He fouled him and sent him to the line for two free throws that tied the score at 103 with 32.3 seconds left but they'd never trail. After Beal's three, Oubre defended Anthony's final attempt with his 7-2 wingspan and the jumper didn't come close to going in. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Wall fakes out Knicks with crazy spin dribble]

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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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