Wiz keep Knicks winless
LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Wizards (3-2) ended their run at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS on a two-game winning streak following their 89-84 victory over the New York Knicks (0-5) Sunday afternoon from the COX Pavilion.
Washington owned the lead throughout most of the game before some back-and-forth jockeying in the second and third quarters. The contest featured 12 lead changes with the Wizards claiming the last at the 63-61 mark and never looked back during the final 12:09 of the game.
The Wizards pushed out to as much as an eight-point lead in the game during the third. The Knicks rallied back on multiple occasions only to see the deficit grow. New York pulled within one at 81-80 with 3:18 left in the affair, but Washington turned its offense on down the stretch before winning by five.
JaVale McGee was the key offensive threat for Washington, as he poured in 31 points in the winning effort. McGee was 11-of-16 from the field and made 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
"It's a great experience coming to summer league, it's a great way to get game time and get some run with some great guys, so it's been really fun," said McGee of his summer league experience. The Wizards owned the first quarter of play although being tied on six occasions by the Knicks. Washington managed multiple two-point leads before finally increasing it to four with 3:06 remaining in the opening period. New York wound up pulling within one at 19-18 before falling behind by eight with 7.4 seconds left. A three by Morris Almond pulled his Knicks within five to end the quarter trailing by five at 26-21.
The second quarter was a different story, as it featured nine lead changes and four ties. The Knicks erased their five-point deficit with back-to-back treys by Nikoloz Tskitishvili early in the frame and owned their first lead at 29-28. The squads went back and forth before New York jumped ahead by four, 45-41. The Wizards reeled off a 10-2 run to close down the final 2:27 before intermission to claim a 51-47 lead.
Washington extended its lead to eight at 60-52 in the third before New York scored seven straight to take a brief one-point lead. The Wizards ultimately reclaimed the lead and led by two after 30 minutes of action.
The teams played the fourth quarter similar to the first. Washington held its lead from the start of the final stanza and held more than a two possession edge for the majority.
Jordan Hill was one of four Knicks to amass double figures, while leading the team with 21. Almond pitched in 14 while Joe Crawford and Tskitishvili added 12 apiece.