By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
WIZARDS 98, KNICKS 89 | Verizon Center
How it happened:
The Knicks dropped their fifth straight game tonight, losing to the Wizards in Washington to begin a road trip that will take them to three Western Conference cities over the next week.
Unable to contain John Wall, who went for 31 points and seven assists, they struggled to get stops as their lead slipped away in the third quarter. Bradley Beal's jump shot came alive to support Wall, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the second half.
Offensively, New York whad success for most of the game thanks to good ball movement and 38 percent shooting from three. The Knicks dished out 24 assists on the night, six more than their season average.
Carmelo Anthony led the Orange and Blue with 23 points and 12 rebounds, continuing his strong play on the glass. Iman Shumpert also played well, scoring an efficient six points on four shots to go with four assists and three steals. With Raymond Felton out, Shump shared some of the ballhandling duties with Beno Udrih and made a positive difference on defense.
Knick of the Night:
Amar'e Stoudemire. The coaching staff decided to increase his workload and he responded with his best game of the year. In 22 minutes, he scored 12 points, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor. He looked sensational, especially in the first half where he scored 10 of those points on a mix of jumpers and powerful drives to the hole.
It's off to Portland, where the Knicks begin a three-game swing on Monday against the Blazers. After that, they'll head to L.A. to battle the Clippers on Wednesday before finishing the trip in Denver on Friday.