Kyle Kuzma collected 27 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists as the visiting Washington Wizards got off to a fast start and never trailed in a 116-105 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Washington won for the second time in seven games, leading by double digits most of the way, and by as many as 17 while holding off several New York comeback attempts.
Kuzma, who scored 40 in Washington’s four-point home loss to New York on Friday, had 11 points in the fourth to help the Wizards recover after the lead was cut to seven.
Former Knick Kristaps Porzingis added 22 and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Bradley Beal returned from missing five games with a left hamstring injury to score 18 points as the Wizards shot 44.2 percent and hit 16 3-point baskets with their entire expected starting lineup this season. Just played my second game.
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Jalen Brunson scored 16 of his 32 in the third, but the Knicks fell to 11-13 at home, becoming the only team in the NBA with an overall winning record but a losing streak at home. RJ Barrett added 21 points and Immanuel Quickley contributed 18, but Julius Randle was held to 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting as the Knicks shot 41.7 percent and missed 19 of 26 3-point attempts. Stayed.
Randle contributed a game-high 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
New York lost starting center Mitchell Robinson in the first half with a sprained right thumb. He went scoreless in nine minutes.
The Wizards scored the first seven points of the game, took a 15-point lead less than 10 minutes into the game and took a 35-22 lead into the second quarter. Washington led 43-28 early in the second and led 56-48 at halftime when Randle converted a putback dunk with 2.2 seconds left.
Washington took a 70-53 lead on Daniel Gifford’s hook shot with 7:07 left and a 79-63 lead on a 3 by Porzingis and 4 in the quarter en route to an 88-78 lead after three quarters. 1/2 minute left. .
New York pulled within 95-88 on Quickley’s 3 with 9:04 left, but Washington scored the next 10 points — thanks to consecutive layups by Kuzma along with bull putbacks — to make it 105-88 with 5:01 left. took the lead. Remaining
Randle’s layup moved New York within 112-103 with 1:15 left, but Kuzma’s dunk on the next possession sealed it.
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