RECAP: New York Knicks rally from 17-point deficit to defeat Wizards

By Field Level Media
Mar 25, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley (5) defends Washington Wizards’ Raul Neto (19) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Frank Franklin II/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Burks scored 27 points and RJ Barrett added 24 as the host New York Knicks overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 106-102 Thursday night.

The Knicks swept the two-game series by overcoming multiple 17-point deficits and dominating the final minutes of the fourth quarter. New York outscored Washington 39-24 in the fourth and 22-11 over the final 5:28.

Burks and Barrett were instrumental in New York’s comeback. Burks scored 15 of his points in the fourth while Barrett scored 19 points in the second half, including nine in the fourth.

Burks shot 8 of 18 from the floor and also hit nine free throws. Barrett finished 7 of 22 from the field but added 10 rebounds and hit eight free throws.

Rookie Immanuel Quickley added 16 for the Knicks, who shot 36.6 percent overall and misfired on 21 of 28 3-pointers.

The big nights by Burks and Barrett came on a rare quiet night from Julius Randle.

Randle was held to 13 but hit two big jumpers down the stretch after getting treatment for his right leg earlier in the fourth.

Bradley Beal scored 26 for the Wizards, who dropped to 1-8 in their last nine games. Beal shot 8 of 23 but also committed six turnovers.

Rui Hachimura added 21, Garrison Mathews chipped in 16 for Washington, which shot 46.2 percent.

Russell Westbrook nearly posted a triple-double by finishing with 13 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists but also committed eight turnovers and was 3 of 15 from the field.

The Wizards held a 91-85 lead on Hachimura’s 15-footer with 5:28 remaining but less than a minute later, Barrett’s 3-point play evened the game at 91-91. New York took its first lead when Quickley’s 3-pointer made it 94-91 with 4:12 remaining and Randle hit two jumpers in the final 2:54.

The Wizards were within 104-102 on a 3-pointer by Mathews with 5.9 seconds left but Burks finished off the comeback with two more free throws.

Before folding, Washington held a 60-45 halftime lead and took a 71-54 lead midway through the third before settling for a 78-67 lead into the fourth.

–Field Level Media