Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Wizards 106, Knicks 96
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks came to Washington looking to win their sixth straight on Wednesday.
But they hit a Wall in the process.
John Wall led the Wizards to a 106-96 win with 19 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
The Wizards have won six of seven at home. New York had won five in a row -- all at home -- prior to Wednesday's loss.
DEFENSE RESTS: The Knicks defense was a step slow against Washington, and the Wizards made them pay.
New York had trouble containing penetration from the perimeter all evening long.
And even when it was contained, the Knicks struggled to contest shots.
Case in point: Wall had the ball on the perimeter between Anthony and Stoudemire. Neither Knicks star put a hand in Wall's face and he knocked down a jumper to put Washington up, 97-90, with 3:14 to go.
The Wizards also torched the Knicks (31-16) from beyond the arc.
Washington hit 11-of-20 from beyond the arc, the 11th courtesy of Martell Webster with 1:31 to go. It put Washington up by nine and essentially sealed the game. The Knicks missed 19-of-28 3-point attempts.
GREAT WALL OF WASHINGTON: The Knicks were up three in the fourth quarter. Then John Wall took over.
Wall had nine points and three assists in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards outscore New York, 36-23, in the fourth. For the game, Washington outscored New York by 19 with Wall on the floor and shot 53 percent from the floor.
NO 20 FOR TYSON: Tyson Chandler had a chance to do something that just one NBA player had done in the last 18 seasons -- record four straight games of at least 20 rebounds.
It didn't happen.
Chandler finished with 13 rebounds and eight points against Washington.
Anthony had 31 points for the Knicks. Stoudemire had 19 points and Raymond Felton, who shook Wall with a first-half crossover, finished with 17. The Knicks shot 40 percent from the field.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday before coming home (weather permitting) to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.