The Wizards (3-3) have failed to win either of their two road games, but both were close calls as they missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds. They lost 97-94 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their season opener, and 106-103 to the Orlando Magic on Nov. 6.
Washington bounced back from that defeat with home wins over Indiana and Milwaukee, but closed its homestand with a 105-93 overtime loss to New Jersey on Sunday.
The Wizards had a three-point lead with 2.6 seconds left in regulation, but Vince Carter’s 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game to overtime.
“Took the wind out of our sails a bit,” coach Eddie Jordan said. “We tried to say ‘Let’s play another five more minutes. Let’s get back. Get your head into it’ but it’s tough. There’s a human element to this doggone game. We’re not robots.”
The Wizards ended a five-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden last season, and won three of four meetings with the Knicks.
New York (2-6) is winless through three home games following a 102-96 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The Knicks had six players score in double figures, led by Nate Robinson’s 19 points off the bench, and were ahead for most of the first half.
It was New York’s third straight defeat overall, and 10th in 12 home games dating back to last season.
“Nobody is cool with almost winning,” Knicks guard Quentin Richardson said. “We definitely want to win, and we definitely need to win.”
The Knicks are the only Eastern Conference team without a home victory after finishing with a league-low 15 wins at home last season.
Richardson is leading the team with 18.5 points per game, but that average dips by four points at MSG.
New York is looking to improve defensively. The Knicks have given up at least 100 points in every game this season and are allowing opponents to shoot 47.6 percent, third-highest in the Eastern Conference.