KNICKS 108 WIZARDS 87 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The Knicks showed no mercy on the one victory Wizards on Friday night at the Garden. Carmelo Anthony paced New York with 20 points to help guide the home team to a relatively easy 108-87 win.
Late in the first quarter, the Knicks were clinging to a 16-15 lead before they posted a 10-2 run over the final 2:51 of the period. After building a 26-17 advantage, New York never looked back while maintaining an undefeated record at home and improving to 11-4 on the season.
Jason Kidd missed his third straight game due to lower back spasms and Washington was missing its star point guard John Wall. Head coach Mike Woodson utilized Pablo Prigioni in the backcourt to counter the loss of Kidd. The move has worked out beautifully for New York in two straight games. Fresh off a great performance in Milwaukee, Prigioni instantly provided a boost off the pine with eight points in 9 minutes during a second quarter stint.
To give the Knicks a nice cushion before the half, Anthony buried a deep 2-pointer over Nene at the buzzer. The bucket pushed New York’s lead to 11 points and Washington could not muster a comeback against one of the league’s top teams.
Once again, the Knicks were clean tonight; only committing eight turnovers and they shot 53.1 percent from the floor. On the opposite side, New York forced 17 turnovers and held Washington below the century mark. In fact, the Knicks have only allowed one team to reach the 100 points on the Garden floor this season.
J.R. Smith registered 20 points and Tyson Chandler record a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
“We didn’t look at their record. They are a NBA team. We stuck with our plan and we stuck with our script and we got a win for it.” -- Carmelo Anthony
Smith was extremely efficient in the win tonight as he shot 9-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-3 behind the arc. The shooting guard also dished out six assists in 38 minutes to help carry the Knicks to a home win.
New York ranks No. 2 in the league in 3-point shooting right behind the Miami Heat. Tonight, the Knicks drilled 12-of-29 shots from downtown.
The Knicks will remain in New York with a day of rest before hosting the Suns on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. MSG Networks will televise all the action at 12 PM.