Martell Webster came off the bench and scored 30 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a close victory over the New York Knicks, 102-101. The Wizards had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 39-72 (54.2%) from the field, including 11-18 (61.1%) from three-point range. This snaps a four-game losing streak for Washington (10-13).
Webster shot 9-13 (6-8 from three-point range) and 6-7 from the free throw line, in a quality offensive outing. Other top contributors for Washington included Bradley Beal with 21 points and 7 rebounds, John Wall with 20 points and 8 assists, and Trevor Ariza with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had another strong game for New York in the loss, scoring 32 points on 12-20 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 7-8 from the free throw line. J.R. Smith chipped in 18 points and 6 assists, Andrea Bargnani finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Beno Udrih put up 12 points and 5 assists.
The Wizards combined an eFG% of 61.8% with 61.1% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (2-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Knicks, on the other hand, are 1-6 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops New York (7-17) to 0-2 versus Washington on the season.
Coming up, the Wizards square off against the Brooklyn Nets, who are 9-15 on the season. The Knicks meet the Milwaukee Bucks, currently sitting at 5-19 this year. The Wizards have a 1-0 record against Brooklyn this season. The Knicks have a 1-0 record against Milwaukee this season.