Washington Wizards 101 New York Knicks 100
The Washington Wizards staged a dramatic comeback at the annual London O2 NBA fixture on Thursday night, after a controversial final-second goaltending incident gifted them a one point win over the New York Knicks.
What was mainly a flat game which the Knicks dominated, and even stretched to a 19-point lead in the second quarter, became a tightly-fought contest in the final seven minutes of play.
The sell-out crowd were treated to a fine final quarter which saw Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr score three three-pointers within 50 seconds with just over six minutes to go to bring the Wizards to within a point of the Knicks. A clean jumper from Porter then gave the DC team the lead for the first time since the opening quarter.
The lead did change hands again however, as the Knicks edged their way back in front with seconds to go at 100-99. But a clever play from the Wizards with three seconds on the clock gave their centre Thomas Bryant the space to lay-up a final shot, which a Knicks player was found to have committed a goaltending offence on.
NBA rules dictate that the ball cannot be interfered with once on it is above the basket, and thus the Wizards were automatically granted two points and the 101-100 win.