Knicks beat Wizards 108-101New York Knicks forward Mychel Thompson (20) and Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely, right, of the Czech Republic, struggle for control of a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Novak scored 21 points, connecting on all seven of his 3-point attempts, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 108-101 on Thursday night.
The Knicks were particularly effective from beyond the arc, where they connected on 18 of 33. Novak paced five players in double figures for New York.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 17 points, the Knicks took a 38-21 first-quarter lead.
But the young Wizards answered the challenge. Reserve Bradley Beal scored all of his 12 points in the Wizards' 22-0 run that gave them a 56-53 halftime lead.
Novak hit consecutive 3s to put the Knicks up 95-88 with 6:28 left.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 17 points.
J.R. Smith had 20 points for the Knicks while Pablo Prigioni had 14 and Tyson Chandler 13.