KNICKS 107 WIZARDS 93| VERIZON CENTER
How it happened:
Searching for their third consecutive victory, the Knicks knew a collective effort was needed to snatch a road win over the Wizards. With Carmelo Anthony out due to a strained groin and Amar’e Stoudemire absent from the team for a personal matter, New York seized the moment and toppled Washington 107-93 on Wednesday night.
After failing to score a point in the first quarter, Jeremy Lin found his groove in the second by working that deadly pick-and-roll game. In contrast to early on in the contest, the second-year point guard opted for Steve Novak on the perimeter, where the sharp shooter was extremely efficient. Lin delivered a spirited 23-point, 10-assist performance, firmly cementing his presence in the starting lineup and providing hope for the long-term and immediate future at the point guard position. Lin took control of the pace, orchestrating Mike D’Antoni’s offense to perfection.
Other top performers included Tyson Chandler who enjoyed a scoring outburst with 25 points, Novak who added 19 in 26 minutes, Landry Fields who dropped 16 points and seven boards, and Iman Shumpert who registered 15 points off the bench.
After a sluggish start in the first quarter, New York stepped on the gas pedal through the first seven minutes of the second period. With nine points in the second, Novak ignited the offense as the Knicks captured the 35-33 lead with 5:57 left in the first half. A 12-5 run that featured a Lin to Fields alley-oop, Novak long bombs, and a Shumpert reverse layup, New York built a nice 52-46 cushion heading into the locker room. Novak scored 12 of his 19 points in that crucial second quarter and hit 5-of-9 shots from downtown.
In the third quarter, Washington pulled within two points before a huge Lin one-handed dunk brought the Knicks bench to their feet. Similar to the second period run, New York closed with a 17-10 burst and secured a 77-68 lead. The Knicks never looked back and improved to 11-16 on the season while the Wizards fell to 5-21.
The aggressive Knicks reached the charity stripe 33 times on Wednesday night and hit 78.8 percent.
Chandler was a beast inside the paint by helping New York outscore Washington 52-44. The seven-footer logged 34 minutes, connected on 7-for-12 shots from the floor and most importantly, made a living at the line (11-14). With Anthony and Stoudemire out of the lineup. Chandler certainly made his presence felt.
News and Notes:
On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA announced that Landry Fields was selected to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge as part of the 18 rookies and sophomores. Next week, Team CHUCK and Team SHAQ will serve as GMs and pick rosters that will square off in the Friday night All-Star Weekend event.
The Knicks jumped on the plane following their third straight win. With a short trip back to New York, the team will look to recover before hosting their final meeting with the Lakers on Friday night.