WIZARDS 106 KNICKS 96 | VERIZON CENTER
How it happened:
For the first time in six games, the Knicks suffered a defeat in a 106-96 loss to the Wizards on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.
Despite 30 points from Carmelo Anthony, New York could not withstand a strong fourth quarter performance from the home squad. Washington outscored the Knicks 18-9 in the first 6 minutes of the final stanza while shooting 4-of-9 from the 3-pt line in the period.
The Wizards were led by John Wall’s 21 points, nine assists, and five boards. Additionally, Trevor Ariza jumped off the pine for 20 points, including a sizzling 5-of-7 shooting behind the arc. Washington has won seven of its last eight games at the Verizon Center.
New York managed to fight back from a couple of significant deficits in the contest tonight. In the first quarter, the Knicks trailed 16-5 before they put together a 10-0 spurt to close the gap early. In the second comeback run, heading into the fourth quarter, New York seemed to hold the momentum behind a 19-7 run over a four-minute time span and 73-68 lead late in the third period.
Unfortunately, the Knicks could not get the necessary stops as they allowed Washington to hit 53.2 percent from the floor and 55 percent from downtown.
Amar’e Stoudemire jumped off the pine to score 19 points, Raymond Felton posted 17, but New York dropped to 31-16 in the first of two road games this week.
Knick of the Night:
Stoudemire was the most efficient Knick in the lineup, connecting on 6-of-11 shots from the floor in 28 minutes of court time. He also dropped 7-of-9 shots at the charity stripe for 19 points. Stoudemire added six boards to his game total in the defeat.
The Knicks only recorded 14 total assists tonight as opposed to Washington’s 23.
The Knicks jumped on a plane to Minnesota following the contest and will have a day in the Twin Cities to prepare for a Friday night matchup against the Wolves.