Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Halftime Report: Wizards 51, Knicks 48
By Ian Begley
The Knicks are in Washington looking to win their sixth straight, which would tie a season-high.
Here are a few observations from the first half, which the Knicks trail, 51-48:
TEMPERS FLARE: Things heated up between the Wizards and Knicks late in the second quarter when Amar'e Stoudemire and John Wall engaged in a pushing match.
Wall and Amar'e had to be separated after exchanging bumps and shoves. Players from both benches came to the defense of their respective stars.
Referees called a double technical on the play.
John Wall drives against Tyson Chandler in the first half.
STRONG HALF FOR STOUDEMIRE: Extracurricular activities aside, Stoudemire had a productive half.
He had nine points on 4-for-7 shooting in 12 minutes. He executed three strong post moves on the baseline, another example that the $100,000 he spent on post lessons from Hakeem Olajuwon this summer was money well spent.
RAY'S DAY: Raymond Felton had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He didn't have any trouble getting to the rim on Wall. Felton pulled a crossover dribble on Wall that left the former No. 1 pick on the ground. He knocked down the subsequent jumper as the Knicks reserves jumped off the bench. Carmelo Anthony had 14 points on 4-for-10 shooting.
TYSON EYES RECORD: Tyson Chandler has a chance to set a Knicks record with another 20-rebound night on Wednesday. Chandler tied Willis Reed and two others for the most consecutive 20-rebound games in Knicks history (3). The last NBA player to have four straight with at least 20 rebounds was Ben Wallace in 2003.
Chandler will have to pick it up in the second half to reach 20. He has five of the Knicks' 19 boards in the first half.