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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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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 PF
B. Beal
3 SG
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
23.4 Pts. Per Game 23.4
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
43.9 Field Goal % 45.4
43.9 Three Point % 44.8
83.2 Free Throw % 78.0
  Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi 0:22
  Damyean Dotson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Frank Ntilikina 0:30
  Mike Scott missed fade-away jump shot 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi 0:55
  Frank Ntilikina missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:58
+ 3 Tomas Satoransky made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jodie Meeks 1:22
  Out of bounds turnover on Jarrett Jack 1:38
+ 2 Bradley Beal made alley-oop shot, assist by John Wall 1:50
  Defensive rebound by John Wall 2:03
  Doug McDermott missed jump shot 2:06
Team Stats
Points 103 121
Field Goals 41-86 (47.7%) 48-81 (59.3%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 16-26 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 43 49
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 28 36
Team 7 7
Assists 19 27
Steals 7 9
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 2 0
20 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
25 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Knicks 18-20 32311426103
home team logo Wizards 22-16 33312631121
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 18-20 103.7 PPG 44.2 RPG 22.8 APG
home team logo Wizards 22-16 107.4 PPG 42.9 RPG 24.3 APG
Key Players
M. Beasley PF 12.9 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.4 APG 50.3 FG%
B. Beal SG 23.6 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.2 APG 46.1 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Beasley PF 20 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
B. Beal SG 27 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
47.7 FG% 59.3
36.8 3PT FG% 39.1
77.8 FT% 61.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 35 16 6 1 0 2 3 2 5/13 1/4 5/6 0 6 23 -16
E. Kanter 17 12 4 1 0 0 2 4 5/8 0/0 2/3 2 2 16 -20
J. Jack 27 10 2 4 0 0 4 1 5/11 0/1 0/2 1 1 16 -17
C. Lee 27 8 0 3 2 0 1 0 3/6 2/2 0/0 0 0 15 -16
L. Thomas 14 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 0 5 -18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 35 16 6 1 0 2 3 2 5/13 1/4 5/6 0 6 23 -16
E. Kanter 17 12 4 1 0 0 2 4 5/8 0/0 2/3 2 2 16 -20
J. Jack 27 10 2 4 0 0 4 1 5/11 0/1 0/2 1 1 16 -17
C. Lee 27 8 0 3 2 0 1 0 3/6 2/2 0/0 0 0 15 -16
L. Thomas 14 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 0 5 -18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 25 20 9 3 2 2 2 1 8/14 1/2 3/3 1 8 37 +2
K. O'Quinn 24 13 10 2 1 1 0 4 6/10 0/0 1/1 2 8 29 -1
D. McDermott 25 10 3 0 0 0 0 4 3/8 1/3 3/3 1 2 13 +2
F. Ntilikina 20 7 1 1 1 0 1 1 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 1 10 -1
R. Baker 18 4 0 3 1 0 0 2 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 0 11 +1
W. Hernangomez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
D. Dotson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -3
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 103 36 19 7 5 14 20 41/86 7/19 14/18 8 28 175 -90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 27 4 6 3 0 1 1 11/14 2/4 3/4 0 4 45 +25
J. Wall 34 25 3 9 1 1 3 0 9/18 1/3 6/9 1 2 45 +27
M. Gortat 29 21 8 2 1 1 3 4 9/10 0/0 3/7 1 7 32 +24
M. Morris 32 11 11 1 1 0 2 3 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 11 23 +28
O. Porter 34 8 4 3 3 1 0 0 3/9 2/6 0/0 1 3 22 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 35 27 4 6 3 0 1 1 11/14 2/4 3/4 0 4 45 +25
J. Wall 34 25 3 9 1 1 3 0 9/18 1/3 6/9 1 2 45 +27
M. Gortat 29 21 8 2 1 1 3 4 9/10 0/0 3/7 1 7 32 +24
M. Morris 32 11 11 1 1 0 2 3 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 11 23 +28
O. Porter 34 8 4 3 3 1 0 0 3/9 2/6 0/0 1 3 22 +20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Satoransky 13 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 4/5 2/2 0/0 1 1 14 -9
I. Mahinmi 18 8 3 0 0 1 2 3 2/3 0/0 4/6 1 2 10 -6
K. Oubre 13 6 3 0 0 1 0 4 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 2 10 -2
M. Scott 15 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 7 -10
J. Meeks 12 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 11 -7
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 42 27 9 5 12 21 48/81 9/23 16/26 6 36 219 +90