New York Knicks v Washington Wizards
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 Another poor performance from Kristaps Porzingis and disastrous defense led to the Knicks loss to the Washington Wizards.

  • New York Knicks 103
  • Washington Wizards 121
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Capitol One Arena, Washington D.C.

The Knicks go as Kristaps Porzingis goes. It’s that simple. On Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, Porzingis had another rough game. He scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The end result? New York lost. They were blown out, 121-103.

It didn’t help that arguably the league’s second-best backcourt — John Wall and Bradley Beal — put up 52 points between the two of them. They did it on a combined 62.5 percent shooting. Marcin Gortat dominated the paint with 21 points of his own on 9-of-10 shooting.

Michael Beasley led the Knicks in scoring with 20 off the bench in 25 minutes. But it wasn’t just KP who struggled on Wednesday. Enes Kanter only saw the floor for 18 minutes so he managed just 12 points and four rebounds.

Courtney Lee played 28 minutes and took only six shots. He managed just eight points. He made three of this attempts for an efficient night, but Lee needed to do more. Ultimately, however, it came down to the defense.

New York was down just 64-63 at halftime. But in the final 24 minutes, the tide turned dramatically. Washington outscored the Knicks 57-40 in the second half; including a third quarter in which the Knicks only managed 14 points.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.