By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
WIZARDS 90, KNICKS 89 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Against the playoff-bound Wizards, the Knicks were in position to keep pace in the push for their own postseason spot. Atlanta, the team the Knicks are battling, had beaten Cleveland, and New York gave itself a chance to with a flurry of big plays down the stretch.
A back-and-forth affair came down to the final moments and the drama really began with less than a minute to go, after an out-of-bounds call was overturned and the officials awarded possession to the Knicks. A Carmelo Anthony-Amar'e Stoudemire pick-and-roll led to a clean look for Raymond Felton in the left corner, and as the 3-ball splashed through the net, Madison Square Garden erupted with cheers.
The Knicks were up, 89-88, with 33 seconds to play.
But on the ensuing possession, Bradley Beal drove a few steps inside the 3-point line and calmly drained a jumper to put Washington back ahead by one.
In addition to dropping the Knicks a game behind the Hawks in the standings, the loss was heartbreaking because of the sensational performance by Smith (who finished with 32 points, including eight 3-pointers) that went to waste.
Anthony, the team's All Star, finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals, but also nine turnovers.
Knick of the Night:
For the second straight game, Smith led the Knicks in scoring and was dynamic from the start. His 19 points in the first half accounted for nearly half of the Knicks' 43 points.
It's off to Miami for the Knicks, who will be hungry for a win against the two-time defending-champion Heat on national television on Sunday.