NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 33 26 27 21 107
Washington 23 35 20 22 100
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , December 28, 2019
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 19,033

Wizards could be without Beal vs. Knicks

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Washington Wizards

  1. Washington won this season's previous meeting between these teams, 121-115, and are 6-2 against the Knicks since 2017-18. The Wizards have committed 11.8 turnovers per game against the Knicks in that span, their second fewest against a single opponent (10.5 vs. Por).
  2. The Wizards lost 132-102 at Detroit on Thursday. Washington has given up at least 110 points in 24 straight games, the longest streak in the league this season and four games short of the NBA record (Den, 1990-91).
  3. The Knicks beat the Nets 94-82 on Thursday, marking their fewest points allowed since beating the Pacers 87-81 on March 14, 2017. New York had 60 total rebounds in the game and is the only team with multiple games of 60 or more rebounds this season (63 vs. Chi, Oct. 28).
  4. Bradley Beal has scored 28.0 points per game over the Wizards' last five contests despite shooting 20.0 percent (9-for-45) from behind the arc. Before this cold stretch, Beal had been shooting 34.3 percent on threes this season.
  5. Julius Randle scored a season-high 35 against the Wizards on Dec. 23 and since the start of last season is averaging 29.0 points against Washington -- his highest scoring output against any single opponent -- and is pulling down 10.7 rebounds.
  6. The Wizards are averaging 27.0 assists per game, second most in the NBA this season (Phx, 28.4). The Knicks are averaging 20.8, the second fewest in the NBA (Por, 19.7).

The only constant for the Wizards' lineup this season has been change. And that won't change when Washington plays the New York Knicks for the second time in less than a week on Saturday.

While the Wizards will get guard Isaiah Thomas back after a two-game league suspension, they could be without leading scorer Bradley Beal, who is questionable for Saturday's game in the nation's capital.

Beal, who has played in every game thus far and has not missed a regular-season or playoff game since April 2017, left Thursday's 132-102 loss in Detroit with soreness in his lower right leg.

"He wanted to keep playing, but the bottom line is we were down a big number (and we thought it was) wise to let him sit out the rest of the game," Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters after the game.

Beal did not practice Friday though his MRI exam came back clean, according to Brooks. Beal has played in 194 consecutive regular-season games.

While Beal's status is unknown, the Wizards will be without rookie Rui Hachimura (groin), Davis Bertans (quad strain) and center Thomas Bryant (foot) on Saturday. Bryant did practice with the Wizards on Friday and is getting closer to a return.

The undermanned Wizards fell behind early against Detroit, whom they had beaten twice this season, and never challenged. The Pistons led 68-48 at halftime and put the game away with a 28-15 run in the third quarter.

Wizards rookie Anzejs Pasecniks had a career-high 17 points off the bench and Beal scored 15 before departing. Jordan McRae also scored 15 points in his first game back after missing 10 following surgery on his right ring finger.

"We didn't play well," Brooks said. "They had a great game. They came back healthy and their bigs were a handful."

Washington defeated New York 121-115 on Monday behind 30 points from Beal and career-high 26 points from Troy Brown Jr. Julius Randle led New York with 35 points.

The Knicks rebounded from that loss and ended a three-game losing streak with 94-82 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.

Randle scored 33 points on 14-of-26 shooting -- including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc -- and added eight rebounds.

"The game on Monday we got off to a great start, we just didn't sustain it," Knicks interim coach Mike Miller told reporters. "So tonight, I was really pleased because we played a very good offensive team and they hit you so many different ways. As you go in, when you play a team that good you have to try and slow them down somehow."

Miller is 4-6 since taking over for David Fizdale, who was 4-18 when he was fired in December during an eight-game losing streak.

Marcus Morris added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks against the Nets while Elfrid Payton finished with 13 points. Mitchell Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

"It's been a tough stretch for us," said Morris, who missed Monday's game against the Wizards due to an Achilles injury. "There's been a lot of ups and downs. This is a positive we can take away."

The Wizards are 4-7 at home this season and 2-8 in their last 10 games overall. New York is 4-12 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 27, 2019

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