Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Wizards86Final
Knicks75
Game 2: Friday, January 6th
Wizards92Final
Knicks113
Game 3: Saturday, February 25th
Knicks89Final
Wizards110
Game 4: Tuesday, April 4th
Knicks90Final
Wizards105

Knicks 90

(19-54, 6-30 away)

Wizards 105

(38-35, 25-13 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:00 PM ET, April 4, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 19 20 24 2790
    WSH 30 31 24 20105

    Top Performers

    New York: J. Butler 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Washington: G. Arenas 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 13 Ast, 6 Stl

    Wizards take advantage of Knicks' 28 turnovers

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was concerned that his team would play down to the level of the woeful New York Knicks.

    No worries there.

    A game against the worst team in the East turned out to be the ideal homecoming for the Wizards, who got 13 points and a season-high 13 assists from Gilbert Arenas in a 105-90 rout Tuesday night.

    Knicks' season 'like a funeral'
    WASHINGTON -- Knicks coach Larry Brown said Tuesday night he's never been through a stretch this difficult as a coach, and Steve Francis went even further.

     Steve Francis
    Francis

    "Besides my mom passing away when I was 18, this is top three, definitely, just because this is my livelihood," Francis said.

    "Basketball is what I do. To be able to come out here and not being able to help this Knicks organization win is tough. I think a lot of the players don't realize that you only have one basketball career and it doesn't last as long as you think. The money might be there, but actually being out there on the court, that [stuff] doesn't last. And until people realize that and realize that you have to help each other and not be so selfish and worry about how many points you score, we're going to be stuck in the same position, same place."

    "It's like a funeral, man," Francis said, his eyes welling up. "That's what it feels like."

    -- The Associated Press

    "New York is a team that is not playing well, and we didn't play down to their level," Jordan said. "I thought we played very well, especially Gilbert, with how he got his teammates involved early. We played the right way."

    Arenas also matched his season high with six steals, and Washington had a season-high 16 steals. Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler scored 18 points apiece to lead six Wizards players in double figures.

    The Knicks lost their ninth straight, matched a season high with 28 turnovers, and are looking more and more comfortable in the role of a team that simply can't wait for the season to end. They trailed by 11 after the first quarter and by 22 at halftime. The deficit reached 31 in the fourth quarter, and Jordan was able to sit all of his starters for the final 7:14 of the game.

    "They came in with so much more energy, it was like the varsity against the JV," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "You've got to keep trying. Somehow you've got to find five guys who care enough to compete. I hate to say that because you take away from [the Wizards players] and what they did, but you've got to hope you have enough pride to compete. I never in my life thought I'd be in a position where you're begging guys to play."

    Brown juggled his lineup again, starting a league-high 42nd unit this season. Steve Francis opened at point guard, with Nate Robinson coming off the bench. Stephon Marbury, Jalen Rose and Jerome James sat out with injuries or illness.

    The victory, coupled with Milwaukee's loss to Miami, moved the fifth-place Wizards 1½ games ahead of the Bucks in the Eastern Conference. It was Washington's first home game following a 3-3 West Coast trip, and only three of the final nine are at the Verizon Center.

    "The pregame speech was, 'The top four teams have clinched. We're the next team in line," Jordan said.

    Jackie Butler scored a career-high 22 points for the Knicks, who had 16 turnovers at halftime -- including two offensive 3-second violations in the first quarter.

    "Just when I thought we couldn't get any worse or go any lower, we find another way to do it," said Quentin Richardson, who returned after missing five games with a sprained thumb.

    The laugher was a good setting for the return of Wizards center Brendan Haywood. Haywood lost his starting job to Etan Thomas during the trip, then missed three games with back spasms while stewing over his benching. He came off the bench to score nine points.

    "Right now it's not about me, it's about the team," Haywood said.

    Game notes


    The Wizards dressed as the Baltimore Bullets and finally won a game in their throwbacks. They had been 0-5 wearing the 1970s-era blue-and-orange this season. ... The Wizards went 3-1 against the Knicks, taking the season series for the first time since 2001-02. ... Marbury missed his second straight game with a strained knee tendon, while Jalen Rose sat out his second straight with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and a sore right knee. James was the new entry on the injured list: He was out with an upper respiratory infection. ... Two Knicks received technical fouls for jawing with the refs, Maurice Taylor in the second quarter and Crawford in the fourth.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NY
    WSH
    Points 90 105
    FGM-FGA 30-68 (.441) 36-73 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 28-37 (.757)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 10-32
    Assists 17 23
    Turnovers 28 17
    Steals 10 16
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 15 31
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 31

    Top Performers

    New York
    Washington
    Jackie Butler Butler
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 13
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 6
    Blk: 0