The Wizards put together one of their most complete efforts of the season as they took down their 5th division leading opponent and snapped the Knicks five game winning streak, 106-96.

The Wizards as a team opened the game 6/6 from the field and Martell Webster led the way early as he continued his hot shooting ways en route to 13 points in the first quarter. The first half was played very tightly with the Wizards holding a slim three point lead at the break.

The second half opened up with the Wizards taking a nine point lead but the last six minutes of the quarter saw the Wizards have their only lull of the night. The Knicks outscored the Wizards 21-9 over the second half of the quarter and would go into the final frame with a three point lead. Trevor Ariza opened up the fourth with a four point play though to give the Wizards the lead back, and Washington would never look back, closing out the Knicks for a ten point win.

John Wall led six Wizards in double figures with 21 points, 10 of which were in the fourth quarter, and nine assists. Trevor Ariza came off the bench to score his season high of 20 points. He and Webster, who had 19, were a combined 10/16 from three point range. The Wizards as a team shot 55% from beyond the arc, outscoring the Knicks, who are on pace to set the record for most 3s in a season, from long distance. Nene had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Okafor had 12 points and Singleton had 10 to round out the Wizards in double figures.

Carmelo Anthony was the game’s high scorer with 31 points, Stoudemire had 19 and Felton had 17. Tyson Chandler's streak of games with at least 20 rebounds came to an end at three, as he had 13.

The Wizards will go for their third home win of the week, against the Nets on Friday night.

Jordan Crawford
Points: 1
Rebounds: 1
Assists: 0

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Points: John Wall - 21
Rebounds: Nene - 10
Assists: Wall - 9
Blocks: 4 Tied - 1
Steals: 3 Tied - 1

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the game:

“As I told the team, that’s what a quality NBA game is made up of. What we had tonight are instances where we played very well, and then they would come back for us and play very well. Tonight we had instances where we just didn’t put our heads down. And this is a team that it is easy to do that against, with as many three’s as they take and as hard as it is to cover Carmelo, difficult shots that go in but our guys stayed with it the whole time. Then we had a bad stretch at the end of third quarter. They hit us with a run and we stopped it. We didn’t wallow and came back to score the first seven points in the fourth quarter. That’s what quality NBA teams are made up of. Different teams make different runs and you have to learn to sustain it, stop it, and make a run of your own and I think that’s the best we have done all year.”

John Wall Postgame

On beating another top team:

“We’re just competing. We’re competing against every team we play against, no matter who it is. We know those types of teams are capable of knocking you out pretty early, but we just keep fighting.”

Trevor Ariza Postgame

On winning 7 of 8 at home:

“Since we’ve been winning the fans have been coming out to support us a little bit more than they had earlier in the season. This is home. We try to do our best to protect it. We always give ourselves a better chance at home. We can sleep in our beds, be around our families. It’s the home environment.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame

On team's performance:

“We are starting to gel. With a healthy team we can play. We have enough games so everyone knows everyone’s tendencies. When we get in a flow like that we can just feel the energy. All of us are clicking. Everyone is helping on offense and defense and the guards did an excellent job shooting.”

Chris Singleton Postgame