John Wall and the Washington Wizards flamed on the Knicks tonight. Wall danced and dazzled, getting anywhere he wanted as he peppered the help defense with diamond-cut passes. Carmelo Anthony did his best to bring the Knicks back to life in the second quarter. Sadly the team was unable to sustain the dominance.
The Wizards casually shuffled through the paint to drop 38 first quarter points. John Wall was three assists shy of a double-double after one frame. This Carmelo air biscuit kinda dramatically sums it all up.
Going the other way? It looked a little bit different.
We got to see the return of Kristaps Porzingis, who came out ready to rumble. He was a little bit too wired in his first few minutes. He settled in and soon enough it was Por-cha-chingis!
There were a few moments for Derrick Rose at the cup and in space. On offense, that Derrick is the only one worth watching. His pick and roll game is really just an excuse for him to bore a hole into the possession. That down hill Derrick can be fun and it should be a more normal sight if the Knicks are willing to continue playing smaller ballers. Rose’s ski-lift defense basically nullifies what little he can do to help on offense, though. So... I dunno what to do.
It's one thing to fight hard yet still die on a really tough, well-set screen... but... Yikes pic.twitter.com/ElZNgYekNw— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) January 20, 2017
Melo unloaded in the second quarter. He finished with a franchise record for points in a quarter with 25. He shot 10 of 12 from the floor and one of those was a half court heave to beat a shot clock after a deflection! Some Eau de Melo:
23 IN THE QUARTER AND COUNTING pic.twitter.com/HyBMeMtn7A— Sky Wob (@World_Wide_Wob) January 20, 2017
Carmelo Anthony sets New York Knicks franchise record for points in one quarter (25) pic.twitter.com/iQsdPbJE3Y— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 20, 2017
The Knicks got roughed up in the third quarter as Washington hit the century mark. Kristaps was super upset. So he decided to take matters into his own outstretched hands.
Not sure what you just saw? Maybe get back into the booth...
The first and third quarter were the Knicks undoing. There just wasn’t enough juice left in the tetra pak. A valiant set of inconsistent efforts. They just jogged headlong into a very fast Wall.
Wizards' John Wall leaves Knicks' Brandon Jennings for dead with behind-the-back move en route to game-sealing dunk pic.twitter.com/bo95lAIGjI— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 20, 2017
Matt Miranda has your full recap coming soon. Be a swell person.