WASHINGTON (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 32 points and Immanuel Quickley added 27 to lead the New York Knicks to a 120-99 victory over Washington on Friday night, eliminating the Wizards from contention in the Season Tournament. the NBA.
Washington has lost all three of its games so far in this new tournament. The Knicks improved to 1-1. Teams play four games each in the preliminary round, with the six group winners and two wild cards advancing.
New York won five of six games overall and sent the Wizards to their fifth straight loss. The Knicks led by 21 points in the second quarter, but Washington cut the lead to five on several occasions after halftime.
New York had an answer every time. It was 95-90 after Corey Kispert’s layup with 9:28 left. Then the Knicks clamped down, holding Washington to two points over the next seven-plus minutes.
Brunson’s 3-pointer made it 105-92 with 4:44 left, and from there it was smooth sailing for the Knicks, who led 115-92 after a Quickley 3-pointer.
Washington entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NBA in pace with 104.6 possessions per game. But the Wizards were held under 100 points by the defensive-minded Knicks, the fifth time in 12 games New York has done that.
Julius Randle scored 22 points for New York. Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 19 and Deni Avdija added 18.
The Knicks outscored Washington 31-15 in the fourth quarter.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Knicks: At Charlotte on Saturday night.
Wizards: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.
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