Instant analysis: Wizards 99, Knicks 120

Instant analysis: Wizards 99, Knicks 120
April 9, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Wizards-Knicks: 'It was raining threes'

Game in a nutshell: PG John Wall did his best to keep the Wizards competitive with 12 points, but the Knicks opened by making nine of 12 three-pointers. Rookie PF Chris Copeland made the last one at the buzzer on a feed from PG Ray Felton to push the lead to 36-23. Washington (29-49) had a chance to trim the deficit to single digits by halftime when Wall threw down a dunk past SF Steve Novak and PF Nene stole the ball from Felton, leading to a fast-break dunk for Wall. Wall then had a layup as the Wizards trailed 48-40 with less than three minutes left, but New York closed strong with a 10-3 run.  SF Carmelo Anthony, who had a team-high 36 points on 13 of 21 shooting, eight rebounds and six assists, scored 21 on eight of 11 shooting during a seven-minute stretch as the Knicks led 95-71 entering the fourth quarter. It was Anthony's fifth consecutive game of scoring 35 points or more as the Knicks (51-26) won their 13th game in a row and clinched their first Atlantic Division title since 1994. Wall finished with a team-high 33 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He also made 11 of 14 free throws. 

Record-setting: The Knicks tied a team record with 20 three-pointers made. Novak hit the tying shot late in the fourth quarter. The Knicks finished 20 of 36, or 55.6 percent. Novak, Copeland and SG Iman Shumpert made four each. 

Bad showing: PF Chris Singleton played 22 minutes and spent time on Anthony, but he had a nightmare of a game. He barely drew iron on a three-point attempt. Trevor Booker rebounded the miss and Singleton got the ball again. He was stripped by Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith proceeded to drain a jump shot over Singleton for a 43-29 lead. Singleton shot an airball from long range in the third quarter with the Wizards trailing 86-65. He picked up four fouls in the period alone and he finished the game 0-for-3 with just one point on a free throw. 

Sore spots: SF Trevor Ariza didn't play because of recurring soreness in his left knee. His ability to stretch the floor and make the occasional three-point shot was missed for an offense that was a no-show except for Wall. Two other Wizards played with injuries from the previous game. C Emeka Okafor (mild left shoulder strain) lasted 22 minutes and scored four points and eight rebounds on 1-for-5 shooting. PF Trevor Booker (tailbone bruise) played seven minutes and scored only two points. 

Who’s next: Wednesday vs. Miami Heat, CSN, 7 p.m. ET. The Heat (61-16) beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-83 on Tuesday behind 28 points from SF LeBron James and 15 rebounds by PF Udonis Haslem. SG Dwyane Wade and PF Chris Bosh did not play. 

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