NEW YORK, April 20, (Ticker)
In one of the most disappointing seasons
in franchise history, Jamal Crawford
gave the New York Knicks'
fans a reason to give a standing ovation.
Crawford scored 36 points - including a career-high seven
3-pointers - and directed an impressive game-ending 17-3 run as
New York posted a 113-105 victory over the playoff-bound
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With the Knicks trailing 103-100, Crawford took a feed from
with 3:03 remaining and swished a 3-pointer to
knot the score.
put the Wizards back in front with a dunk, but
responded with a crafty three-point play to put
the Knicks ahead for good. Taylor blocked Kwame Brown's jumper
and Crawford drained a clutch 3-pointer off the dribble with
1:06 remaining to give New York a 109-105 lead.
Crawford, who missed two free throws in the last minute of
Tuesday's one-point loss to Chicago, made all four of his free
throws in the final minute in this one, capping a
record-breaking performance for New York at the line.
"We had our ups and downs," said Crawford, who finished 11-of-21
from the field, including 7-of-12 from the arc. "There are
going to be good times and bad times. It is more about how you
"We didn't play as well as we wanted," said Marbury, the only
Knick to appear in all 82 games. "We have to get better. We
have to be more consistent than we were this year. It isn't
just one thing. It's been a lot of different things."
The Knicks (33-49) finished six games worse than last season and
well below expectations. Predicted by many to win the weak
Atlantic, New York won only 17 of its last 53 games after
winning 16 of its first 29.
The fans still stuck by the team as the Knicks drew their 32nd
sellout crowd of the season and exited to a warm ovation from
the loyal observers.
"Our fans were great all year," Crawford said. "I wish we could
play all our games at home. They are great and they give us
"It's always nice to get support from your fans," said interim
coach Herb Williams
, who directed the Knicks to a 16-27 mark.
"One thing about the New York crowd is that they're going to let
you know when they appreciate you and when you play badly.
They stood up for us the last couple of minutes of the game and
cheered for us. That was probably the boost that pushed us over
The Knicks made 26-of-26 from the line - the most foul shots
made without a miss in franchise history. They were well short
of the league mark of 39 without a miss by Utah on December 7,
Washington made only 13-of-28 free throws, including a combined
1-of-8 from starting big men Thomas and Jared Jeffries
Washington (45-37) finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and
begins its first postseason since 1997 this weekend when it
visits fourth-seeded Chicago.
The Wizards won 20 more games than last season, the
third-largest improvement in the NBA this season behind Phoenix
and Chicago. But they didn't look like a playoff team in recent
losses at New Jersey and New York, according to coach Eddie
"Obviously, we didn't play like a playoff team today," he said.
"That's two straight nights where we did not perform like a
playoff basketball team. We'll get it straight the next couple
of nights, I hope."
Taylor scored 13 points in 19 minutes and Marbury added 20
points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks, who
defeated the Wizards for the eighth time in nine meetings.
paced the Wizards with 25 points and Kwame Brown
added 19 on 7-of-8 shooting. Juan Dixon
scored all 13 of his
points in the first half as the Wizards built a 58-54 lead.