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NEW YORK — The Wizards made the right call when they put the ball in Bradley Beal’s hands for a last shot Monday night.
The Knicks’ decision to not take a timeout after Beal scored didn’t work out so well.
Beal’s driving layup with 6 seconds remaining lifted the Wizards to a 102-101 win when New York didn’t use one of its three remaining timeouts and Carmelo Anthony’s attempted a 3-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired.
“I probably should have taken a timeout there at the end, but you know Beno (Udrih) grabbed it and the ball is in Melo’s hands before I could even react and I should have reacted a lot sooner once the ball went through the bucket,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “So, that’s on me.”
Beal led the Wizards with 21 points, including their final seven as Washington erased a six-point fourth-quarter deficit.
“I knew in the huddle that if I came off the pick and roll, they were probably going to double me,” Beal said. “My first instinct was to reject the screen and go baseline if I had it. There was absolutely nobody even paying attention, so I just drove it in there.”
“That’s a tough way to lose a game,” Anthony said. “If he (Woodson) said it’s his fault there’s no need for me to make excuses or talk about it. As players, we have to be smarter. We knew we had timeouts. I was just trying to get a shot.”
Martell Webster added 30 points, John Wall had 20 and Trevor Ariza had 10 points for the Wizards.
Anthony finished with 32 for the Knicks.
The victory snapped the Wizards’ 10-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden. The last Washington win in New York came on Dec. 6, 2006
“It’s a great overall win for us,” Beal said. “We haven’t won here since 2006. That’s a big accomplishment for us how we stuck through adversity. As a team, everybody stepped up.”
The Knicks led 100-97 after Andrea Bargnani hit two free throws with 1:07 left. But, Beal hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 45 seconds left.
Udrih put the Knicks back in front by making one of two free throws with 24 seconds left.
After a Wizards timeout, Beal ran down the clock before driving past Udrih and hitting the game-winning shot.
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