NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are off to one of their best starts, the Washington Wizards are amid one of their worst and the sides played accordingly Friday night. The Knicks routed the Wizards 108-87 at Madison Square Garden, giving them their 11th win of the season, all coming in November. It was their most wins in the month since the 1972-73 Knicks, their last NBA championship team. The Wizards, meanwhile, continued their futility this season after a quick interruption with their first victory of the year, Wednesday over the Portland Trail Blazers. Washington fell to 1-13 after scoring just 41 points in the second half. The Knicks (11-4) had another balanced effort with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith leading five double-digit scorers with 20 points apiece. New York also got 12 points each from Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler. Washington, which watched a nine-point halftime deficit grow in the third quarter and wasn't able to get back in the game in the fourth, got 17 points from Jordan Crawford. Bradley Beal added 14. The Knicks ended the third quarter up 86-65 thanks to an 11-4 run to end the period, including a spurt in which the Wizards didn't score for nearly three-and-a-half minutes. Steve Novak and Rasheed Wallace both hit 3-pointers during the spurt with Raymond Felton hitting a jumper to put the Knicks up 86-63 before the Wizards finally countered with a basket by Beal. The Knicks entered the half with a 57-46 lead after a buzzer-beating jumper by Anthony from just inside the 3-point arc. He finished with 12 points and five assists in the first half. The Knicks again excelled from outside, hitting 8 of 18 3-pointers in the first half (44.4 percent), including two from Pablo Prigioni, who scored eight consecutive points, giving the Knicks a 38-26 lead with 7:20 left in the first half. Crawford had eight points at the half to lead the Wizards and Nene added seven. NOTES: Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who worked out before the media at Friday morning's shootaround, has a Dec. 25 target date for his return from left knee surgery, according to the New York Post. The paper also cited a source saying Stoudemire recognized if the team was still hot, he might have to come off the bench, which has been a topic of discussion among fans concerned about Stoudemire and Anthony meshing well. ... Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was out for the third game in a row with back spasms. He's listed as day to day, but has not had extensive workouts yet in practice. ... Kurt Thomas started at power forward for the third consecutive game as Anthony moved to small forward and the Knicks went with a big lineup again without Kidd, but Thomas was pulled a few minutes into the game as he was against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. ... Actors Vince Vaughn and Chris Pratt filmed a scene for their movie "Delivery Man" at halftime. One scene included an actor playing a Knick hitting a game-winning free throw -- though it took several takes, with some misses (and plenty of boos from the real crowd used for extras) to get it right.
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