Wizards 22, Knicks 10: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Washington Wizards (18-26) play against the New York Knicks (20-20) at Madison Square Garden

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Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday January 18, 2023

Washington Wizards 22, New York Knicks 10 (Q1 04:59)

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Wayne Cole @waynec0le

The Capital City Go-Go trail the Long Island Nets at the half 45-66.
Kris Dunn leads the team with 8 points, Vernon Carey Jr and Quenton Jackson each have 8.
The difference in the half was 3PTs, Nets (11) – Go-Go (4) – 7:56 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz

Seeing them in person for the first time — Wizards cherry blossoms get two thumbs up. They killed those. – 7:55 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Wes Unseld Jr. is usually calm on the sidelines, but he’s as upset as I’ve ever seen him with official Andy Nagy’s foul call on Daniel Gafford against Mitchell Robinson that sends Gaff to the bench with 2 fouls – 7:55 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN

NOTEBOOK: Taj Gibson proud of his career-saving Knicks run; Thibodeau calls to defund the minutes police to nydailynews.com/sports/basketball…7:48 PM

Ian Begley @Ian Begley

Tom Thibodeau calls timeout 3 minutes into the first quarter as Knicks trail WAS, 14-3. Kristaps Porzingis is off to a strong start. He’s hit his first 3 shots (2 3-pointers) and has an assist so far against his former team. – 7:48 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney

Porzingis with a quick eight points and Beal is 2 for 2 in his return. Wizards race to a 14-3 lead and Thibodeau finally takes the timeout nearby fan has been screaming for the last two trips. – 7:47 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz

Gonna go ahead and say things are going well for the Wizards – 7:46 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Bradley Beal, in the lineup after missing five games for Washington tonight at MSG against the Knicks, opens the game with a bucket, followed by Kristaps Porzingis hitting a 3 against his old team.
New York is trying to get back on track after Monday’s 2-point OT loss to Toronto – 7:43 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Bradley Beal, in the lineup after missing five games for Washington tonight at MSG against the Knicks, opens the game with a bucket, followed by Kristaps Porzingis hitting a 3 against his old team.
New York is trying to get back on track after Monday’s 1-point OT loss to Toronto – 7:43 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Bradley Beal, in the lineup after missing five games for Washington tonight at MSG against the Knicks, opens the game with a bucket, followed by Kristaps Porzingis hitting a 3 against his old team.
New York is trying to get back on track after Monday’s 1-point OT loss ot Toronto – 7:43 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Kristaps Porzingis receives loud boos from the Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden during the Wizards starters introductions – 7:41 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

Rocket starters: Martin, Smith Jr., Sengun, Green, Gordon
Hornets starters: McDaniels, Washington, Plumlee, Rozier, Ball. – 7:39 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney

Getting ready for Wizards-Knicks at MSG, where Bradley Beal is back in the lineup and Kristaps Porzingis is still booed in lineups. – 7:37 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn

Tonight’s view. On the radio call with @edcohensports. Listen on @ESPNNY98_7FM. #Knicks pic.twitter.com/pmcoVAMJ1n7:37 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper

Not a heavily Latvian tourist crowd here at MSG – resounding boos for Porzingis in introductions. – 7:36 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

go time in the Garden 🍎
#DCAboveAll | @CaesarsSports pic.twitter.com/AB0TbLL0zp7:26 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

ready 💪
#DCAboveAll | @CaesarsSports pic.twitter.com/Vut8hlJH4j7:13 PM

Ian Begley @Ian Begley

Tom Thibodeau pointed out that NYK faced rest disadvantage on Monday vs. TOR extension It was NYK’s 2nd game of back-to-back (and a 3PM tip). TOR was off on Sunday. @John Schuhmann notes NYK is only NBA team that hasn’t played a ‘rest advantage’ game yet: nba.com/news/power-ran…6:54 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Kristaps Porzingis back at Madison Square Garden where his NBA career began, always says it’s a special place pic.twitter.com/euTGYYMPNo6:42 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

first 5 from the Garden.
#DCAboveAll | @MedStarHealth pic.twitter.com/lCmyUAuZjE6:38 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Bradley Beal autograph time at Madison Square Garden pic.twitter.com/ZAZIM9joRI6:37 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Bradley Beal starting his pre-game warmup in his first game back as Daniel Gafford wraps up his routine with a thunderous dunk pic.twitter.com/3oY2FgNqG76:21 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

big fits in the big apple 🍎
#DCAboveAll | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/zIY3lXMoBH6:20 PM

Wayne Cole @waynec0le

Tonight’s Capital City Go-Go starters
Johnny Davis
Chris Dunn
Vernon Carey Jr
Makur maker
Craig Sword – 5:52 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Deni Avdija signs a young fan’s jersey (lower left corner) pic.twitter.com/eWd5eeLAsl5:46 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

A handful of NBA scouts are here at @UConnMBB@SetonHallMBB including Knicks, Nets, Cavs, Mavs and Grizzlies – 5:35 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Deni Avdija with the behind the back as he warms up early at Madison Square Garden pic.twitter.com/uaEuglQ42r5:10 PM

Chris Miller @cmilsnbcs

Much respect ✊🏽 to @Kyle Kuzma for gifting his local YMCA in Flint, Michigan a million dollars. We’ll give him his flowers on the broadcast tonight from Madison Square Garden. Wizards-Knicks at 7:30 on @NBCSWashington5:00 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

An eventful day for Rui Hachimura as he arrives at Madison Square Garden pic.twitter.com/Gi37EgbKvm4:57 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96

Hello from New York
Bradley Beal returns for the Wizards tonight at the Knicks, 3 weeks away from the trade deadline pic.twitter.com/BuzfJKXtzm4:53 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

Dipping back into the archives again when Kuz told me about the Flint YMCA in 2015: archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id…

Cool step for him to donate to the place where he really honed his game. – 4:19 PM

The Ringer @ringernba

Should Julius Randle be an All-Star?
@Justin Verrier says yes. @Rob Mahoney and Big Wos aren’t so sure.
🔊 https://t.co/KBa3bQCGBR pic.twitter.com/MHtAwCtyGv4:02 PM

StatMuse @statmuse

Point guards to average 20+ PPG as a Knick:
—Jalen Brunson
That’s it. The highest scoring Knicks PG ever. pic.twitter.com/VFw9b2LKUB3:29 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears

Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma announced that he is donating $1 million through his Kyle Kuzma Foundation to the Flint YMCA to build their new gymnasium. Kuzma grew up playing basketball at the Downtown Branch of the Flint YMCA. – 3:07 PM

Josh Richardson @J_Rich1

I’m excited for Reddish to actually get a chance to hoop and grow somewhere. – 3:06 PM

Michael Dugat @mdug

Fine, I’ll send Bullock for Reddish and Quickley. – 2:50 PM

Chris Mannix @SI Chris Mannix

Wizards forward @Kyle Kuzma is donating $1 million through his Kyle Kuzma Foundation to the YMCA in Flint, Michigan. The money will go towards building a new gym in Kuzma’s hometown YMCA. – 2:46 PM

Tim Reynolds @By Tim Reynolds

Coolest: @Kyle Kuzma gave $1 million to his hometown YMCA in Flint, Michigan. It’ll go toward a new gym, that’ll be named in his honor of him.
Much respect. – 2:39 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

I feel like there is a strongly held perception that Rui Hachimura is a bust. I prefer to think of him as a late bloomer. Go look at his stats about him. He’s settling into being a pretty solid player.
Fully agree that Wizards have to breakup that mess at the 3/4 spots. Way too many guys! – 2:32 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Cam Johnson and Chris Paul getting some one-on-one drills in with Duane Washington Jr. and Saben Lee pic.twitter.com/VpwbaKGSpg2:29 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace

The Wizards announce Bradley Beal will be available tonight in New York vs. the Knicks after missing five games with a left hamstring strain. Beal hasn’t played since Jan. 3 in Milwaukee. – 2:24 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

The Wizards have started trade talks centered on Rui Hachimura, potentially clearing a logjam at forward, sources tell me and @Josh Robbins.
More details, including what this could mean for Kyle Kuzma, at @TheAthletic: theathletic.com/4103918/2023/0…2:24 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS

Bradley Beal will return tonight against the Knicks after missing time due to a hamstring injury, the Wizards say. – 2:13 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange

Raptors can’t fuss re: schedule: Played ATL (at home) w/ rest advantage (lost); played @ Knicks w/ rest advantage (won); played Bucks on B2B, but after a day game, as were Bucks, & Milwaukee w/o Giannis. TWolves play tonight (@ Denver) so Raps have rest advantage again Thurs. – 2:07 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

tonight’s key matchup at MSG 🏟
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne pic.twitter.com/7uNXqGpk4Q2:00 PM

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