Knicks Obliterate Pathetic Wizards At MSG

Published on: 13th April, 2012


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New York — In what turned out to be little more than a warm-up game for the big game the Knicks will be playing on Sunday against the Miami Heat, the New Yorkers took care of business tonight against the embarrassing Washington Wizards, 103–65, in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score might indicate.

The game was over pretty much from the start, when the Knicks raced off to a 21-8 lead with 10 minutes gone by in the first quarter. It was a lead they would not only never relinquish, they built on it by the end of the first half, leading 54-33 after 24 minutes.

The Knicks toyed with the Wizards in a way that almost had observers feeling sorry for the D.C. team, which is clearly in shambles. Their number one draft choice last year, John Wall was supposed to be the next coming of Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, and Magic Johnson. Instead, he looks and plays like a broken-down 21-year old who has seen more losses and missed jump shots than any young player should ever be exposed to.

The only negative in a night of Knicks positives was the sprained ankle suffered by Iman Shumpert, who has become a defensive fixture in Mike Woodson’s schemes. Shumpert said afterwards his status was day to day and wasn’t sure if he’d be back for Sunday’s game with the Heat.

The Knicks were led in scoring by Baron Davis, who scored a season-high 18 points on his 33rd birthday, J.R. Smith had 23, as the New York Knicks surged into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference by routing the Washington Wizards 103-65 on Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony and Steve Novak also had 18 for the Knicks, who could now be looking at a playoff preview when they host second-place Miami on Sunday. The Knicks tied Philadelphia after the 76ers lost earlier Friday to New Jersey, and New York holds the tiebreaker for the No. 7 seed.

Anthony was well off his NBA-leading average of 32.4 points through his first five games in April. But he only played 29 minutes as the Knicks narrowly missed their second 40-point victory under interim coach Mike Woodson.

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