Subtraction of Beal adds another loss
KNICKS 107, WIZARDS 100
Julius Randle scored 30 points and equaled a season high with 16 rebounds, Bobby Portis added 17 points and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 107-100 on Saturday night.
It was the Knicks’ second straight victory, just the second time this season they’ve won two in a row. Both wins have come on the road.
Isaiah Thomas and Jordan McRae each scored 20 points for Washington. Gary Payton II, one of the two free agents the team signed this week who started, had 15.
The Wizards played without Bradley Beal, the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer, who was out with soreness in his right lower leg. Payton started in his place.
There were 19 lead changes, and the final one came when Randle hit a jumper with 7 minutes, 56 seconds remaining to give New York (9-24) a 93-92 lead. The Knicks held Washington (9-22) scoreless for 5:51 of the fourth quarter. The Wizards scored just eight points in the final 8:19.
The Knicks are 5-6 under interim coach Mike Miller. They were 4-18 under David Fizdale to begin the season.