Digest: Wall's 23 points, 11 assists lead Wizards over Knicks, 119-112

Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots a reverse layup past Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of a game in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The Wizards won, 119-112.
Wizards guard John Wall (2) shoots a reverse layup past Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of a game in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The Wizards won, 119-112.(Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

For the first time since his knee surgery in May, John Wall played in back-to-back games, and the result was a rare win for the Washington Wizards.

Wall scored 23 points and had 11 assists and Otto Porter added 21 points as the host Wizards won for just the third time in 11 games, beating the New York Knicks, 119-112, on Thursday night.


Wall sat out games in the first two Washington back-to-backs this season, and the Wizards lost both times.

After Wednesday night's disheartening loss to the 76ers where Wall played 24 minutes, Washington coach Scott Brooks felt his star guard was ready to go again.


"There was going to be a time during the season where he was going to have to play back-to-back," Brooks said. "The way he was progressing during the last four or five weeks, we felt that it was a good time."

Brooks didn't want to play Wall more than 32 minutes, and when the Wizards opened up a 27-point lead late in the third quarter, it looked as if Wall could play much less than that.

But New York scored 47 points in the fourth quarter, and Brooks put Wall back in the game in the final minutes.

Once the Knicks went on a 12-0 run to cut the lead to 108-98 with 2:37 to play, Wall secured the win with two late baskets and four free throws.

New York was led by Derrick Rose with 27. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 19, and Kristaps Porzingis, who had a career-high 35 against Detroit on Wednesday night, was held to 16. Brandon Jennings had 15 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.

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X Y Jet entered in Saturday's De Francis

Having recovered from spring knee surgery and with a Grade 1 tightener under his belt, Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm's multiple graded-stakes winner X Y Jet will continue his comeback in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) on Saturday. The 25th running of the 6-furlong De Francis for 3-year-olds and up is the centerpiece of an 11-race Fall Festival of Racing program that has seven stakes worth $825,000 in purses. A total of 142 horses were entered on the card, an average of 12.9 starters per race. The schedule includes the $100,000 Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; the $100,000 City of Laurel; the $100,000 Safely Kept for 3-year-old sprinters; the $100,000 James F. Lewis III; the $100,000 Smart Halo for 2-year-olds; and the $75,000 Geisha for Maryland-bred/sired females 3 and up at 1 mile. Post time for the festival, which also includes four races over the turf, is noon.

Minor league baseball: The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' affiliate in the Short-A New York-Penn League, announced their 2017 schedule, which will begin June 19 at 7:05 p.m., when the Hudson Valley Renegades come to town for a two-game series, followed by a six-game road trip. For details, go to IronBirdsBaseball.com.

Women's college volleyball: Towson senior outside hitter Jessica Lewis and sophomore right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan were selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team. Towson redshirt senior middle blocker Candace Steadman was named to the second team. William & Mary junior outside hitter Sydney Biniak (Howard) made the third team. Towson freshman setter Marrisa Wonders made the rookie team.

Men's college squash: Navy junior Jack Herold was named Harrow Sports Player of the Week.

Men's college cross country: Navy's Al Cantello was named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. ... Elizabethtown freshman Ryan Rippeon (Francis Scott Key) made the All-Landmark Conference second team.


Women's college cross country: Johns Hopkins sophomore Felicia Koerner was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Region Athlete of the Year. Bobby Van Allen was named Mideast Region Coach of the Year for the third straight season and eighth time in nine seasons. ... Elizabethtown sophomore Colleen Kernan (Westminster) made the All-Landmark Conference second team.

College baseball: Mount St. Mary's senior pitcher-first baseman Jordan Lawson, senior first baseman Tyler Post, senior catcher Will Enrico and junior outfielder Mitch Sgrignoli were named captains.

Men's college swimming: Salisbury sophomore Peter Moyer (St. Vincent Pallotti) was named the Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.

Women's college swimming: Frostburg State junior Macey Nitchie (Bel Air) was selected as the CAC Swimmer of the Week. ... Washington College junior Katie Gorman was named CollegeSwimming.com's Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit acquired midfielder Kristie Mewis and defender Kassey Kallman from Boston Breakers as well as the No. 1 spot in the distribution ranking order for defender Megan Oyster, the Spirit's Nos. 3 and 9 overall picks in the college draft and the No. 2 spot in the distribution ranking order.

Boys soccer: Mount St. Mary's women's coach Joe Nemzer was named coach for the Team USA junior boys team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

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