Highlights: Wizards 102, Knicks 101
NEW YORK -- The Wizards haven't always been as aware as coach Randy Wittman would like them in situational basketball to end games -- in fact, he called out John Wall for making a boneheaded decision to go underneath a screen with a three-point lead in the final seconds that cost them a victory -- but they were vs. the New York Knicks.
In Monday's 102-101 win at Madison Square Garden, Bradley Beal blew by Beno Udrih for the go-ahead bucket with 6.9 seconds left. Udrih inbounded to Carmelo Anthony, who tried to catch the Wizards on their heels with the quick push. It didn't work. Trevor Ariza jumped on him immediately and forced Anthony into a hopeless heave at the buzzer that wasn't close.
John Wall and Marcin Gortat stayed up high in supporting Ariza to slow down Anthony. Gortat fanned out near Iman Shumpert in the corner to contest, taking away Anthony's only passing angle as the sideline functioned as another defender. Anthony would've had to pass the ball crosscourt and there wasn't enough time to do it. Wall rushed at him to force Anthony to pick up the dribble. Ariza stayed on top to contest.
"We knew Carmelo probably is not going to pass it," said Martell Webster, who had a team-high 30 points. "The fact that we closed in on him, that's big. Usually teams will play that 1-on-1. We don't want to give him a clear look at the basket. Made him take a fallaway off one foot. We'll live with that. Defensively, we were getting burned but we made the adjustment on the fly."