Knicks cannot shoot directly against Wizards in ugly defeat

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The cold shooting Knicks went into the All-Star break with a whimper and lost two games.

Mike Miller's crew stumbled against the Wizards (114-96) on Wednesday when Bradley Beal punished them for 30 points and the Knicks shot just 38 percent – 9.1 percent off the 3-point line.

After only 2 out of 22 out of 3 shots, the Knicks fly to different parts of the country with a 17-37 record. Outside the field, the Knicks are also in the river. They still have to officially name a president, are led by an interim coach and have a general manager in Scott Perry who, according to a source, is "still in the dark" about his future.

Beal, who was dropped from the All-Star game, buried a 3-pointer at 7:58 to set the wizards at 86-78. After hitting another 3 with 6:09 left to give his team a 10-point bulge, he skipped the forecourt. The wizards scored 37 points in the final stages.

Beal shot 11 out of 23 from the field. The Knicks were led by Julius Randle with 21 points and RJ Barrett with 16 points. Barrett, however, was 5 out of 16 points for the home team missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

RJ Barrett is dismissed on Wednesday night in the loss to the Knicks wizards (114: 96).Robert Sabo

The Knicks led 50-46 at halftime, though they shot only 42 percent and 15.4 percent of the 3-point line in half (2 out of 13).

Maurice Harkless made his Knicks debut after dropping by the clippers industry and was only 2 out of 7 for four points. He missed all three of his 3-point attempts to join the Frozen Club. The first basket from Harkless as Knick turned in for a layup.

Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr. struggled with four sales in six minutes – once he was stripped from behind in the middle of the field when he brought the ball onto the field.

To make matters worse, Bobby Portis, who had a bad second half, was kicked out during a 9:02 minute break. However, he carelessly threw the ball at Washington's Shabazz Napier after the former UConn guard fired a shot after the whistle. Portis, who played for the Wizards last season, looked like he was going to make it playful.

Elfrid Payton was then charged with a technical foul for insulting the referees after Beal Damyean fouled Dotson when the Wizards Shooting Guard tripped himself.

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