Rapid Reaction: Knicks 101, Wizards 95
December, 10, 2010
By Chris Sheridan | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: The juggernaut rolls on at the expense of another weak victim, and Amare Stoudemire's 30-point streak rolls on, too, as he scored 36 and tied a team record by reaching that mark for the seventh consecutive game -- more than excusing his 11 turnovers.
With the Knicks not playing on the road again until next Saturday, they'll have gone more than a month without a road loss (their last one was Nov. 16 at Denver). This was their eighth consecutive victory on the road (the team record is 13 straight, set in 1969), giving them an NBA-high 10 road wins, and their seventh straight victory overall. Their fans were in the house and making plenty of noise, too, serenading Stoudemire with the same MVP chant he heard two nights earlier at Madison Square Garden.
TURNING POINT: Andray Blatche was assessed a technical for gesturing and complaining when he fouled Stoudemire early in the fourth quarter. Danilo Gallinari make the technical free throw, Stoudemire made both of his FTs, and the Knicks went to the line 10 times, making nine, over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter, to help build their lead to nine and allow them to survive a late burst by the Wizards. The Knicks shot 12 free throws in the first three quarters combined, then attempted 18 in the final period, making 17.
DIFFERENCE MAKERS: Wilson Chandler made his first seven shots to keep the Knicks close through the first three quarters, and Landry Fields (who was just 1-for-5 from the field through three quarters) knocked down a pair of 3-pointers from the left corner in the fourth quarter, the second of which gave New York a 93-84 lead. As Washington rallied late, Stoudemire followed his 11th turnover by sprinting downcourt and swatting away John Wall's layup attempt, preserving a 96-92 lead with just under a minute left.
TRADE WINDS: Coach Mike D'Antoni on how often he and team president Donnie Walsh discuss potential trades: "Oh, we talk all the time. I don't think he would do anything I would be opposed to, and I wouldn’t go in and starte yelling and screaming for anything he was opposed to. So you always find the common ground, and you always try to have similar philosophies, and you'll figure it out."
WHAT'S NEXT: Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets are in town for a noon matinee at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, but it is unknown whether Melo will play. He sat out his second straight game Friday night due to right knee inflammation.