Wizards knock off Knicks

Wizards knock off Knicks
February 6, 2013, 11:00 pm
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One night its John Wall. Another its Martell Webster. Wednesday it was Trevor Ariza and Chris Singleton. Balanced scoring and team defense were the keys in the Wizards 106-96 win over the New York Knicks.

Ariza came off the bench and knocked down 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in route to a season high 20 points. After playing a total of 24 minutes in the month of January, Chris Singleton had his third straight productive game scoring 10 points and playing solid defense against a high scoring Knicks squad.

“My time on the bench everybody was trying to encourage me,” said Singleton who has played sparingly this season after starting 57 games last year. “The coaches told me what I needed to work on and just be ready for the moment.”

Singleton was one of six Wizards who scored in double figures with none scoring more than John Wall’s 21. Their balanced scoring attack is a blessing and curse. While opponents can’t focus on stopping a single player the Wizards don’t have a player who they can count on for 20 points night in and night out. The Knicks don’t have that problem. Carmelo Anthony is arguably the most gifted scorer in the NBA. He scored a game high 31 points but the Wizards forced him to take 23 shots to get there.

“He’s a load,” said Ariza. “He gets automatic buckets. Anytime you can make somebody shoot more shots than they usually would to score that’s a good thing.”

New York came in averaging 101 points per game but in holding them to 96 the Wizards have now held their last seven opponents under the century mark.  

This win proved the Wizards are learning how to deal with adversity. After leading by as many as 11 the Knicks went on a 21-7 run in the third quarter taking a three point lead into the fourth. But Washington opened the final stanza on a 12-2 run of their own.

"We know its a game of runs," said Wall who logged a season high 39 minutes against New York. “They're a team capable of getting hot and making a lot of shots. We just tried to withstand the hit they gave us in the third quarter and we scored the first seven of the fourth quarter."

The win gave the Wizards their fifth victory over a division leader. With victories over Miami, Chicago, Oklahoma City, and the Clippers other teams are starting to take notice.

"You have to be ready to play from the start of the game,” said Knicks center Tyson Chandler. “I felt like we came out way to flat. I don't know what that was about.”

The Wizards have now won seven of eight at Verizon Center and Randy Wittman has grown accustomed to his team getting up for big games.

“I’d like to play our best against everyone. We’re getting some quality wins. It’s a long season there are ups and downs.”