By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
WIZARDS 102, KNICKS 101 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The Knicks had climbed back from a 15 -point deficit early in the second half and from seven down late in the 4th quarter, and with 24 seconds left in the game, Beno Udrih sunk a free throw to give them a one-point lead.
Washington had the entirety of the shot clock to work for a shot, and with the option of isolating either one of its talented guards, Bradley Beal took the ball on the left wing, sized up Beno Udrih, and drove right in for the layup.
With just second left, Carmelo Anthony tried to answer as he had all game, but couldn't get a clean look and the Knicks dropped a heartbreaker at home.
It was a heartbreaker, indeed, on a night when Melo not only scored 32 points but repeatedly showed his acumen passing out of double teams to open shooters.
Another contest full of unselfish play helped J.R. Smith come alive, as the former 6th Man of the Year drained five 3s and was instrumental in a second half rally that brought the Knicks back from another lackluster performance. Smith's scoring, in addition to Iman Shumpert's stout defense on Wall, helped neutralize the Wizards' star guard in the final frame.
But without Pablo Prigioni, who left the game in the beginning of the 3rd quarter with a broken toe, Udrih and Co. were unable to hold the lead on the game's final possession.
Knick of the Night:
Once again, Anthony was sensational. We know his scoring ability, but not enough can be said about his decision making and leadership tonight. His final line read "32 points, 12-for-20 shooting" -- just another efficient performance from the Knicks' star.
After practice tomorrow, the Knicks will fly to Milwaukee to face the bucks on Wednesday.