Alec Burks scored 27 points and RJ Barrett added 24 as the host New York Knicks overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards, 106-102, Thursday night, March 25 (Friday, March 26, Manila time).
The Knicks swept the two-game series by overcoming multiple 17-point deficits and dominating the final minutes of the 4th quarter.
New York outscored Washington 39-24 in the 4th and 22-11 over the final 5:28.
Burks and Barrett were instrumental in New York’s comeback. Burks scored 15 of his points in the 4th while Barrett scored 19 points in the second half, including 9 in the final quarter.
Bradley Beal scored 26 for the Wizards, who dropped to 1-8 in their last 9 games. Beal shot 8-of-23 but also committed 6 turnovers.
Russell Westbrook nearly posted a triple-double by finishing with 13 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 assists but also committed 8 turnovers and was 3-of-15 from the field.
Burks shot 8-of-18 from the floor and also hit 9 free throws for New York. Barrett finished 7-of-22 from the field but added 10 rebounds and hit 8 free throws.
Rookie Immanuel Quickley added 16 for the Knicks, who shot 36.6% overall and misfired on 21-of-28 three-pointers.
The big nights by Burks and Barrett came on a rare quiet night from Julius Randle.
Randle was held to 13 but hit two big jumpers down the stretch after getting treatment for his right leg earlier in the 4th.
Rui Hachimura added 21, Garrison Mathews chipped in 16 for Washington, which shot 46.2%.
The Wizards held a 91-85 lead on Hachimura’s 15-footer with 5:28 remaining but less than a minute later, Barrett’s three-point play evened the game at 91-91.
New York took its first lead when Quickley’s triple made it 94-91 with 4:12 remaining and Randle hit two jumpers in the final 2:54.
The Wizards were within 104-102 on a three-pointer by Mathews with 5.9 seconds left but Burks finished off the comeback with two more free throws.
Before folding, Washington held a 60-45 halftime lead and took a 71-54 lead midway through the 3rd before settling for a 78-67 lead into the 4th. – Rappler.com