The Wizards were looking to build off their first win of the season and become the first team this year to beat the Knicks on their home court, but the Knicks were simply too much for them on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, winning 108-87.

The Wizards cut the Knicks lead to one late in the first quarter, but the Knicks went on a 10-2 run going up by 9 by the end of the frame. The Wizards would never really cut back into that lead while the Knicks were able to build their lead up to 23. The Knicks were very efficient on the offensive end, shooting 53% from the field and 41% from 3 point range. The Wizards did shoot 45% from the field tonight but could not contain the likes of JR Smith and Carmelo Anthony on the other end. The Wizards were more effective in the paint outscoring the Knicks 44-38.

Jordan Crawford led the scoring for Washington with 17 points on 7/17 shooting, Bradley Beal had 14 points on 5/11 shooting and Kevin Seraphin had a 13 points, 10 rebound double-double. For the Knicks, Anthony and Smith each had 20 points and Chandler had a 12 points, 10 rebound double-double.

Up next, the Wizards head back home to take on the Southeast leading Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

Emeka Okafor
Points: 6
Rebounds: 4
Blocks: 1

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 17
Rebounds: Kevin Seraphin - 10
Assists: Jordan Crawford - 4
Blocks: Chris Singleton - 2
Steals: Emeka Okafor - 2

On Game:

“The first and third quarters were not good for us. When you shoot 50 percent or whatever we did from the line…eleven assists and seventeen turnovers, playing a team like this makes it hard.”

On the team’s defense:

“Our handling the ball, whenever we turn it over like that, it puts them out in the break and then transitions. They have shooters that spread the floor. It puts you in a bind.”
On tonight’s performance:

“Overall, it was a bad game for us. In the first quarter we were doing fine. I mean we were doing everything we were supposed to do. We were able to knock down a lot of shots in the first half…shots that we were able to live with. We made adjustments on a few things and we just couldn’t get it right in the second half.”

More on game:

“Our mental focus wasn’t there. I think we were just trying to worry too much about offense rather than getting stops. It’s like they got what they wanted. They were moving the ball, passing and swinging, hitting threes, getting lay ups when they wanted to. It’s just back to the drawing board and sticking to what coach wants us to do.”