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Beal's 27, Wall's 25 lead Wizards over Knicks 121-103

WASHINGTON (AP) For weeks, the Washington Wizards have been hearing about their struggles against teams with losing records. Now that they've won two straight and elevated their record to 11-10 against sub-.500 teams, perhaps they've taken a step toward ending that discussion.

''We'll find out in the next 10, 20 games,'' Washington center Marcin Gortat said.

Gortat had a season-high 21 points, making 9 of 10 from the field, Bradley Beal scored 27 and John Wall had 25 points and nine assists in the Wizards' 121-103 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Playing for the first time since he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Beal followed his 39-point outburst on Sunday against Chicago by hitting 11 of his 14 field goal attempts for Washington, which has won five of six.

Beal has answered plenty of questions about the Wizards' lapses against the NBA's bottom-feeders.

''Nobody criticizes themselves more than us.'' Beal said. ''We're aware of it. We know that our job is to finish. We have more to prove.''

Michael Beasley had 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead the Knicks, who have lost six of seven.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points. New York has lost 14 of its last 15 to Washington.

In an energetic first half that ended with both teams shooting 58.1 percent, Wall's jumper at the horn gave the Wizards a 64-63 halftime lead.

The first seven Washington baskets in the third quarter were from inside, and the resulting 15-3 run gave the Wizards a 79-66 lead with 7:47 to play in the quarter.

The Knicks lost at home against San Antonio on Tuesday, and they had little energy after halftime.

''Not to make any excuses, but it's always tougher to play the back-to-backs and I think it got to us,'' Porzingis said. ''Our energy just wasn't there. They had three days of rest and came out fresh and we just didn't have it for the second half.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: G Ron Baker returned to the lineup after missing a game with a left orbital fracture. Baker donned a protective mask, and he expects to wear it for at least four weeks.

Wizards: F Chris McCullough was assigned to the Wisconsin Herd of the G League. McCullough is averaging 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12 games. ... F Mike Young, who was signed to a two-way contract last spring but never played for Washington, was waived. ... The Wizards (22-16) are a season-high six games over .500. . F Markieff Morris tied a season high with 11 rebounds.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Beal knows Washington's 3-1 week helped win him his first Player of the Week award.

''If we didn't win games, I wouldn't have been considered for it,'' Beal said. ''Hopefully, many more to come, but that's never my focus.''

GORTAT ON OFFENSE

Gortat entered the game averaging 8.6 points per game, and hasn't been as much of an offensive force for the Wizards as he's been in the past.

''It's just one game in the season where I'm going to score like that,'' Gortat said.

KNICKS SLOW

Porzingis, who entered averaging 24.1 points per game, had a rough second half. He had just two points in 17 minutes, missing five of six shots.

''He's got to use his athletic ability running down the court, and we got a little slow there for a while,'' New York coach Jeff Hornacek said.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit the Miami Heat on Friday

Wizards: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:40 +2 Markieff Morris made layup, assist by Marcin Gortat 0-2
11:13 +2 Enes Kanter made layup 2-2
11:00   Traveling violation turnover on Marcin Gortat  
10:52   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
10:40   Enes Kanter missed jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
10:29 +2 Marcin Gortat made jump shot, assist by John Wall 2-4
10:17 +2 Enes Kanter made layup, assist by Jarrett Jack 4-4
9:55 +2 Marcin Gortat made hook shot 4-6
9:38   Lost ball turnover on Enes Kanter, stolen by Marcin Gortat  
9:29   Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:26   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
9:17 +2 Jarrett Jack made reverse layup 6-6
8:56 +3 Otto Porter made 3-pt. jump shot 6-9
8:38   Bad pass turnover on Courtney Lee, stolen by Otto Porter  
8:37   Kicked ball violation  
8:30 +2 Bradley Beal made reverse layup 6-11
8:17   Jarrett Jack missed floating jump shot  
8:17   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
8:17 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 8-11
8:17   Shooting foul on Marcin Gortat  
8:17   Enes Kanter missed free throw  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
8:04 +2 Marcin Gortat made jump shot, assist by Bradley Beal 8-13
7:49 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made jump shot, assist by Enes Kanter 10-13
7:37 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by John Wall 10-15
7:11   Kristaps Porzingis missed jump shot  
7:07   Offensive rebound by Lance Thomas  
7:06   Lance Thomas missed reverse layup  
7:06   Team rebound  
6:56   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
6:56 +1 John Wall made 1st of 2 free throws 10-16
6:56 +1 John Wall made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-17
6:36   Jarrett Jack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:33   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
6:20   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
6:09 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made jump shot, assist by Lance Thomas 12-17
5:59 +3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 12-20
5:45 +3 Courtney Lee made 3-pt. jump shot 15-20
5:28 +2 Otto Porter made floating jump shot 15-22
5:17 +2 Courtney Lee made floating jump shot 17-22
5:08   Lost ball turnover on John Wall, stolen by Courtney Lee  
4:55 +2 Enes Kanter made hook shot 19-22
4:44   Personal foul on Lance Thomas  
4:40 +2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 19-24
4:40   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
4:40 +1 Bradley Beal made free throw 19-25
4:27 +2 Ron Baker made reverse layup, assist by Kyle O'Quinn 21-25
4:12   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
4:12   Marcin Gortat missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:12   Team rebound  
4:12   Marcin Gortat missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:10   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
4:01 +2 Jarrett Jack made driving layup 23-25
3:57 +2 John Wall made floating jump shot 23-27
3:57   Shooting foul on Ron Baker  
3:57   John Wall missed free throw  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
3:40   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:36   Offensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
3:34   Kyle O'Quinn missed dunk  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
3:22   John Wall missed jump shot  
3:21   Personal foul on Marcin Gortat  
3:21   Team rebound  
3:09   Kyle O'Quinn missed jump shot  
3:06   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
2:58   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
2:58 +1 John Wall made free throw 23-28
2:44   John Wall missed jump shot  
2:40   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
2:26 +2 Kyle O'Quinn made layup, assist by Frank Ntilikina 25-28
2:04   Kelly Oubre missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
1:57   Personal foul on Kelly Oubre  
1:52   Shooting foul on Mike Scott  
1:52 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 1st of 2 free throws 26-28
1:52 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-28
1:37 +3 Mike Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jodie Meeks 27-31
1:25   Shooting foul on Mike Scott  
1:25 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 1st of 2 free throws 28-31
1:25 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-31
1:16   Offensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
1:16   Ian Mahinmi missed driving layup  
1:09 +2 Kelly Oubre made driving layup 29-33
1:01   Personal foul on Kelly Oubre  
1:01   Kristaps Porzingis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:01   Team rebound  
1:01 +1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-33
0:50   Lost ball turnover on Ian Mahinmi, stolen by Kyle O'Quinn  
0:44   Frank Ntilikina missed layup  
0:42   Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre  
0:37   Kelly Oubre missed layup  
0:36   Defensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
0:23 +2 Kyle O'Quinn made dunk, assist by Ron Baker 32-33

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44 +2 Doug McDermott made reverse layup, assist by Kyle O'Quinn 34-33
11:36   Kelly Oubre missed driving layup  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Michael Beasley  
11:20 +3 Frank Ntilikina made 3-pt. jump shot 37-33
11:02   Tomas Satoransky missed floating jump shot  
10:59   Offensive rebound by Tomas Satoransky  
10:55   Jodie Meeks missed floating jump shot  
10:54   Offensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi  
10:54   Shooting foul on Kyle O'Quinn  
10:54   Team rebound  
10:54   Ian Mahinmi missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:54 +1 Ian Mahinmi made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-34
10:41   Shooting foul on Tomas Satoransky  
10:41 +1 Doug McDermott made 1st of 2 free throws 38-34
10:41 +1 Doug McDermott made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-34
10:21   Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
9:59 +2 Frank Ntilikina made jump shot 41-34
9:46   Out of bounds turnover on Markieff Morris  
9:27 +2 Michael Beasley made jump shot 43-34
9:08 +3 Otto Porter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 43-37
8:46   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:38   Lost ball turnover on John Wall, stolen by Michael Beasley  
8:32 +2 Frank Ntilikina made driving layup 45-37
8:17 +2 Bradley Beal made jump shot 45-39
8:17   Shooting foul on Kyle O'Quinn  
8:17 +1 Bradley Beal made free throw 45-40
8:06   Frank Ntilikina missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
7:54 +2 Marcin Gortat made finger-roll layup, assist by Bradley Beal 45-42
7:38 +2 Michael Beasley made fade-away jump shot 47-42
7:26 +2 Marcin Gortat made driving layup, assist by Bradley Beal 47-44
7:26   Shooting foul on Michael Beasley  
7:26 +1 Marcin Gortat made free throw 47-45
7:09   Michael Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:04   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
6:53   Marcin Gortat missed layup, blocked by Michael Beasley  
6:50   Offensive rebound by Otto Porter  
6:50   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
6:50 +1 Marcin Gortat made 1st of 2 free throws 47-46
6:50   Marcin Gortat missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
6:31   Bad pass turnover on Michael Beasley, stolen by Otto Porter  
6:25   John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Michael Beasley  
6:11   Lost ball turnover on Kristaps Porzingis, stolen by Bradley Beal  
6:04 +3 Bradley Beal made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Wall 47-49
5:42   Enes Kanter missed reverse layup  
5:40   Offensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
5:40 +2 Enes Kanter made dunk 49-49
5:23   Lost ball turnover on Marcin Gortat, stolen by Michael Beasley  
5:19   Jarrett Jack missed layup  
5:18   Team rebound  
5:15 +3 Kristaps Porzingis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Courtney Lee 52-49
4:58   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Michael Beasley  
4:52   Out of bounds turnover on Jarrett Jack  
4:42 +2 Bradley Beal made jump shot 52-51
4:28   Shooting foul on Marcin Gortat  
4:28 +1 Enes Kanter made 1st of 2 free throws 53-51
4:28 +1 Enes Kanter made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-51
4:16 +2 Ian Mahinmi made layup, assist by John Wall 54-53
4:05   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:04   Defensive rebound by Otto Porter  
3:59 +2 John Wall made layup 54-55
3:56   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
3:42   Courtney Lee missed jump shot  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Otto Porter  
3:36   Otto Porter missed jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
3:26 +2 Jarrett Jack made reverse layup, assist by Courtney Lee 56-55
2:57   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
2:42 +3 Courtney Lee made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Jack 59-55
2:29 +2 John Wall made driving layup 59-57
2:29   Shooting foul on Enes Kanter  
2:29 +1 John Wall made free throw 59-58
2:11 +2 Kyle O'Quinn made layup, assist by Michael Beasley 61-58
1:52 +2 Bradley Beal made jump shot 61-60
1:39   Jarrett Jack missed driving layup, blocked by Ian Mahinmi  
1:35   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
1:26   John Wall missed driving layup, blocked by Michael Beasley  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Michael Beasley  
1:20   Out of bounds turnover on Michael Beasley  
1:08 +2 John Wall made layup, assist by Otto Porter 61-62
0:54   Personal foul on Ian Mahinmi  
0:45   Bad pass turnover on Kristaps Porzingis, stolen by Otto Porter  
0:43   Bad pass turnover on Ian Mahinmi, stolen by Courtney Lee  
0:39 +2 Kristaps Porzingis made layup, assist by Courtney Lee 63-62
0:33   John Wall missed jump shot  
0:33   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
0:11   Michael Beasley missed jump shot  
0:08   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
0:03   Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:03   Offensive rebound by John Wall  
0:00 +2 John Wall made fade-away jump shot 63-64
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Bad pass turnover on Lance Thomas, stolen by Markieff Morris  
11:32   John Wall missed floating jump shot  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Enes Kanter  
11:25   Kristaps Porzingis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:21   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
11:08 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by Otto Porter 63-66
10:55   Bad pass turnover on Kristaps Porzingis, stolen by John Wall  
10:51 +2 John Wall made dunk 63-68
10:35   Jarrett Jack missed jump shot  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
10:19 +2 Marcin Gortat made finger-roll layup 63-70
10:11   Enes Kanter missed jump shot, blocked by John Wall  
10:07   Defensive rebound by John Wall  
9:55 +2 Bradley Beal made driving layup 63-72
9:43   Out of bounds turnover on Jarrett Jack  
9:26   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Jack  
9:07 +3 Lance Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Jack 66-72
8:46 +2 Markieff Morris made layup, assist by Bradley Beal 66-74
8:30   Courtney Lee missed floating jump shot  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:30 +2 John Wall made driving layup 66-76
8:30   Shooting foul on Jarrett Jack  
8:30   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:30   John Wall missed free throw  
8:30   Team rebound  
8:30 +1 John Wall made free throw 66-77
8:18   Courtney Lee missed driving layup  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
8:13   Otto Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:10   Team rebound  
7:53   Lost ball turnover on Jarrett Jack, stolen by Bradley Beal  
7:47 +2 Bradley Beal made dunk, assist by John Wall 66-79
7:22 +2 Jarrett Jack made jump shot 68-79
6:58 +3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markieff Morris 68-82
6:40   Personal foul on Bradley Beal  
6:32   Offensive foul on Enes Kanter  
6:32   Offensive foul on Enes Kanter  
6:10 +2 Bradley Beal made jump shot 68-84
5:55   Lance Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Bradley Beal  
5:33   Markieff Morris missed jump shot, blocked by Kristaps Porzingis  
5:30   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
5:28   Bad pass turnover on Frank Ntilikina, stolen by Bradley Beal  
5:18   John Wall missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:14   Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn  
5:04   Kyle O'Quinn missed driving layup, blocked by Marcin Gortat  
5:02   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
5:00   Personal foul on Ron Baker  
4:46   Out of bounds turnover on Markieff Morris  
4:23 +2 Kyle O'Quinn made jump shot 70-84
4:02   Otto Porter missed floating jump shot  
4:00   Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis  
3:53   Kyle O'Quinn missed layup, blocked by Otto Porter  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
3:43   John Wall missed layup  
3:41   Offensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
3:36 +2 Marcin Gortat made layup, assist by Bradley Beal 70-86
3:13   Kristaps Porzingis missed jump shot  
3:10   Team rebound  
3:08   Kristaps Porzingis missed jump shot  
3:05   Defensive rebound by Marcin Gortat  
3:01   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
3:01   Team rebound