The Washington Wizards defeated the New York Knicks, 102-101, thanks to a game-winning layup from Bradley Beal with a shade over six seconds remaining. It was his first game back since suffering a stress injury to his leg back in November.
After leading by 11 at halftime, the Wizards surrendered 35 points to the Knicks in the third quarter as they stormed back and took control of the game entering the final frame.
However, New York was unable to tame the dynamite perimeter duo of Beal and Martell Webster down the stretch. They scored 21 and 30 points, respectively, in the win.
Webster needed just 13 shots to compile his team-high 30 points, and did so in 36 minutes off the bench.
John Wall was sensational in the first half, scoring 19 points, but mustered just one point over the game's final 24 minutes and finished with 20 points and a game-high eight assists.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting, but came up short on an off-balance three-point attempt as time expired.
The decision by Mike Woodson not to use a timeout after Beal's go-ahead bucket will surely be scrutinized in the days ahead, as his players appeared to be in utter disarray as they charged down the court looking for a game-tying or game-winning shot.
And that's not even the worst news for the Knicks. In the first half Pablo Prigioni suffered a hairline fracture to his right big toe and will miss a minimum of two weeks, according to the Knicks. Beno Udrih was solid in relief of Prigioni (12 points and five assists), but the Knicks are in big trouble now with Raymond Felton and the Argentinian sidelined.
J.R. Smith added 18 points (6-of-16 shooting, 5-of-11 from three) while Tim Hardaway, Jr. dropped in 14 points off the pine.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Washington.