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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 115, Wizards 106

1/24/2011

WHAT IT MEANS: The bleeding had stopped, but nobody is ready to pronounce the patient cured. Yes, the Knicks put an end to their six-game losing streak. But they did it against a Washington team that hasn't won a single road game all season (0-21). New York avoided dropping to .500 as the one-month countdown to the trading deadline arrived, and the front office will be keeping a close watch on the Nuggets' relatively easy five-game Eastern road trip to see if a stumble impacts their decision-making process regarding a possible trade of Carmelo Anthony. One sign of how out of it the Wizards were: Reserve forward Kevin Seraphin played the first quarter with his shorts on backward before his amused teammates pointed out his fashion faux pas and he discreetly (well, as discreetly as possible with cameras recording the moment) pulled his shorts off, turned them around and put them back on for the start of the second quarter.

TURNING POINT: The Knicks forced two 24-second violations and two airballs out of the Wizards early in the fourth quarter, went into the bonus with more than 6 1/2 minutes left and didn't commit a foul of their own in the final period until Washington had already committed six. That helped allow the Knicks to play from ahead throughout a final period in which Washington shot 6-for-17.

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Wilson Chandler bounced back from an 0-for-4 first quarter to score 25 points, make four 3-pointers and grab seven rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari scored seven of his 17 points during a fourth quarter stretch in which the Knicks turned a two-point lead into a 110-99 advantage with 3:28 left. Shawne Williams knocked down an open 3-pointer from the corner for the first points of the fourth quarter for the Knicks, who outscored Washington 22-15 in the final period.

DONNIE SAYS: Knicks president Donnie Walsh had a playful back-and-forth with writers prior to the game, and one of the lighter moments came when he was asked about comments Monday from an anonymous GM predicting the Knicks will ultimately end up with Carmelo Anthony. "What general manager was quoted?" Walsh asked "Because you're going to quote me on my answer. So which general manager was quoted? When they put their name behind it, then I’ll answer it."

WHAT'S NEXT: The Miami Heat make their second and final visit to the Garden in a game Thursday night that will be televised nationally by TNT, and they'll be coming in with plenty of rest after not having played since Saturday. The Knicks were only able to keep things close for a half when the Heat made their first visit to MSG. Injuries have kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade out of Miami's lineup lately, and the Heat also have a new starting point guard in Mario Chalmers, who has replaced Carlos Arroyo.