Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When you get to the end of the season it usually becomes that time for teams to take a look and see what they can build for next year, tonight both the Knicks were doing just that, but the Knicks and their young core led by Obi Toppin’s 35 career high points was just too much for the starless Wizards.
The final score was not a reflection of how this game started for either team. The Knicks allowed the game’s first 10 points and shot just 2 of 9 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but they dominated after that. New York was 14 of 30 from long distance the rest of the way.
“We started, we were lethargic,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It’s a long game, We just wanted to stop the bleeding and get going. I thought we came out of that, and we got our energy going.”
In the second half, it looked as if the Wizards just had rolled up the carpet and turned out the lights on their offensive efforts.
Rui Hachimura led the Wizards with 21 points. He was the only Wizard on the court late in the game tonight that has played consistently through the last month with a mixture of the line-up Wes Unseld Jr. put on the court. At the break, he had 18 points on 7-11 shooting. In the second half, he scored 3 points on 1-3 shooting to finish with 21 points.
Jordan Schakel, just up from the G-League, hit a three and had 5 points and 4 rebounds in 12 minutes.