If you thought Wednesday night’s two-point margin of victory against the Portland Trail Blazers would help the Washington Wizards right their ship, think again. The New York Knicks outran the Wizards and broke through their defense with ease as Washington fell 108-87 at Madison Square Garden Friday night.
The loss marked the second time this season the Wizards fell by more than 20 points. To make matters worse, they were handed an extra dose of reality as they watched the Knicks celebrate their tenth consecutive win.
For Washington fans who had hoped the Wizards would extend their winning streak to two games, it didn’t take long for the Knicks’ defense to bat them away.
At the very least, the Wizards managed to trail the Knicks by a respectable margin for a good portion of the first half. At times, however, Friday’s matchup appeared to consist of all five Wizards on the floor versus Carmelo Anthony – and, unfortunately for Washington fans, Anthony typically won out. He and J.R. Smith each tallied 20 points on the evening, and three other Knicks reached double-figure points by day’s end.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards’ effort with 17 points off the bench as Bradley Beal and Kevin Seraphin added 14 and 13 points respectively, but their combined efforts did little to chip away at the Knicks’ lead. Seraphin at least grabbed 10 boards on the night, but the Wizards never managed a solid run.
In fact, the worst anyone looked in a Knicks uniform all night was at halftime – when the cast of Vince Vaughn’s upcoming film “Delivery Man” took the court. During the shoot, the actor donning a Knicks jersey had to shoot free throws, but continuously missed shot after shot.
Much to the Wizards’ dismay, however, the real Knicks, sunk two-thirds of their shots at the line, which didn’t help Washington pick up steam in the second half.
The Wizards entered the third quarter trailing 57-46, but Anthony managed two driving layups and a three-pointer, and Steve Novak and Rasheed Wallace hit back-to-back three-pointers to help the Knicks to an 86-65 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Washington never trailed by fewer than 18 points in the quarter and Smith posted 10 points to help shut down the Wizards, who face no easy task at home as they host the Miami Heat 7:00 p.m.Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.