New York Knicks at Washington Wizards

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
7-5, 4-3 Away
120 - 99

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Knicks beat Washington 120-99; Wizards out of contention in NBA In-Season Tournament

Jalen Brunson puts up 32 as Knicks cruise over Wizards

“In season, out of season, any season, I love winning,” Thibodeau said. “That's all that matters. Get the win. They're keeping score. Try to win the game.”

Jalen Brunson scored 32 points and Immanuel Quickley added 27 to lift the Knicks to a 120-99 victory over Washington on Friday night, eliminating the Wizards from contention in this new tourney. Washington has dropped all three of its games so far in the in-season tournament. New York improved to 1-1.

Teams play four games apiece in the preliminary round, with the six group winners and two wild cards advancing. Point differential is a potential tiebreaker, so winning by 21 was a good result for the Knicks, but they didn't make any special effort to inflate the margin at the end. Twelve players received court time for New York.

“I just want to make sure we have one more point than they do," Thibodeau said.

New York has won five of six overall and sent the Wizards to their fifth straight defeat. The Knicks led by 21 in the second quarter, but Washington had the margin down to five on several occasions after halftime.

New York had an answer each time. It was 95-90 after Corey Kispert's layup with 9:28 to play. Then the Knicks clamped down, holding Washington to two points over the next seven-plus minutes.

“I like how we kind of responded from their run when they cut it to five,” Brunson said. “That team can score the ball. Despite their record, they got a lot of talent over there.”

Brunson's 3-pointer made it 105-92 with 4:44 to play, and it was smooth sailing from there for the Knicks, who led 115-92 after a 3 by Quickley.

Washington entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NBA in pace at 104.6 possessions per game. But the Wizards were held under 100 points by the defensive-minded Knicks.

“They want to slow you down, play physical basketball, especially on the defensive end of the floor,” Washington's Tyus Jones said. “They want to play physical, hard-nosed, pack the paint, kind of wear you down throughout the night, throughout the game. That's what they did.”

Julius Randle scored 22 points for New York. Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 19, and Deni Avdija added 18. Randle had eight assists and seven rebounds, and Brunson had seven of each.

The Knicks outscored Washington 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

New York was up 35-25 after one. An 11-2 run capped by Donte DiVincenzo's 3-pointer gave the Knicks a 60-39 lead.

“I thought Donte gave us great minutes and then Quick gave us great minutes,” Thibodeau said. “So we got terrific wing play from those two guys. And then Jalen was Jalen and Julius was Julius."

New York's RJ Barrett did not play because of an illness.


Knicks: At Charlotte on Saturday night.

Wizards: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.

Regular Season Series

NY leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Wizards: 39.4%
Knicks: 60.6%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 120 - 99
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 120 - 99
4th 4.1 Jericho Sims defensive rebound 120 - 99
4th 4.1 Bilal Coulibaly misses 25-foot three point jumper 120 - 99
4th 27.1 Miles McBride makes 25-foot three pointer 120 - 99

45-91 FG 37-82
49.5 Field Goal % 45.1
16-38 3PT 10-32
42.1 Three Point % 31.3
14-20 FT 15-16
70.0 Free Throw % 93.8
48 Rebounds 32
14 Offensive Rebounds 7
34 Defensive Rebounds 25
26 Assists 25
5 Steals 4
6 Blocks 4
10 Turnovers 14
1 Team Turnovers 0
11 Total Turnovers 14
0 Technical Fouls 2
0 Total Technical Fouls 2
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
12 Points Off Turnovers 12
4 Fast Break Points 9
40 Points in Paint 46
21 Fouls 18
23 Largest Lead 0

Game Information

Capital One Arena

Location: Washington, DC
Attendance: 16,886 · Capacity:

2023-24 Atlantic Standings

Boston 43 12 .782 - W6
New York 33 22 .600 10 L4
Philadelphia 32 22 .593 10.5 L1
Brooklyn 21 33 .389 21.5 L2
Toronto 19 36 .345 24 L3

2023-24 Southeast Standings

Miami - 25 W2 0.54545456 30
Orlando - 25 W1 0.54545456 30
Atlanta 6 31 L2 0.43636364 24
Charlotte 16.5 41 W3 0.24074075 13
Washington 20.5 45 L8 0.16666667 9
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