Wizards 106, Knicks 96By Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 9:50 PM EST
WASHINGTON -- John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, and Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 20 points as the Washington Wizards continued their mastery over NBA division leaders with a 106-96 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. The Wizards have won two straight games, both over division leaders, and seven of eight at home. Washington (13-35) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday after previously knocking off the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls this season, all at home. Martell Webster scored 19 points and matched Ariza with five 3-pointers for the Wizards, who made 11 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc. Nene finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, which with six double-figure scorers. The Wizards took the lead for a good with a 10-0, second-half run en route to stopping a 10-game losing streak against New York. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and Amar'e Stoudemire had 19 for the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks (31-16), who entered on a five-game winning streak. The game of runs saw the Wizards score the final six points of the second quarter and open the third with a 10-4 spurt for a 61-52 lead. The Knicks countered with a 21-7 run capped by Anthony's basket for a 73-68 lead. Wall closed the third quarter with a tip-in that started a 10-0 run, putting Washington ahead 78-73. The Wizards maintained at least a four-point lead from there. Ariza made two 3-pointers in the fourth, the second one putting Washington ahead 88-80 midway through the quarter. New York's 10 straight wins over Washington was the Knicks' longest active streak against any team. Emeka Okafor scored 12 points and Chris Singleton had 10 for the Wizards, who shot 53.2 percent from the field. New York entered the game leading the league in made 3-pointers, but Washington was the better long-distance-shooting team Wednesday. The Wizards started early by sinking six of nine 3-point attempts in the first half before a crowd of 18,263 that featured divided loyalties. The Knicks finished 9-for-28 (32.1 percent) on 3-pointers. Washington made its first seven field-goal attempts and jumped ahead 16-5, though New York rallied for a 29-28 lead after the first quarter. The Wizards then bookended their hot start by making five of seven attempts closing the second quarter, including Ariza's 3-pointer that capped the scoring for a 51-48 halftime lead. Webster sank all three of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter and scored 13 points. Wall and Stoudemire each picked up a technical foul late in the second quarter after having words. NOTES: Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed his fifth consecutive game with a sprained right wrist. Beal was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December and January. ... Nene played parts of eight seasons with Anthony in Denver, five with Smith. ... Rasheed Wallace is expected to begin practicing after the All-Star break, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. The 14-year-veteran has not played since Dec. 13 with a sore left foot. ... New York has not lost a season series to Washington since the 2005-06 season. ... Hall of Famer and former Lakers great Magic Johnson sat courtside next to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. ... Also at the Verizon Center: University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, who coached Wall at Kentucky and the inactive Marcus Camby at Massachusetts.
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