Dave Johnson: Knicks Edge Wizards In Overtime

Dave Johnson: Knicks Edge Wizards In Overtime
February 27, 2010, 3:21 am
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Friday, February 26, 2010 10:12pm

Knicks vs. Wizards Game Highlights & Postgame Report

By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comWashington---In a Washington Wizards season filled with close games, this one stood out. Through the good, the bad, theugly,and maybe even the contrversial, the Wizards persevered before losing to the New York Knicks in overtime 118-116.It was an ugly overtime. The Wizards and Knicks combined to shoot 3 of 16 from the field, but David Lee scored with 1.6 secondsleft to secure the win. Lee was able to drive down the left side of the lane and finish a lay-up with his left-hand while beingclosely guarded by the Wizards JaVale McGee.When I got by him, I just tried to find his body so he couldnt unload on me and block the shot and I was able to score, Leesaid of his drive on McGee. Anybody else would go up high or dunk the ball, but with McGee I knew I had to find his body andput a shoulder on his shoulder to stop some of his momentum.I tried to block his (David Lee) shot and I feel like nine times out of ten Im going to block that shot, McGee added. Heput it right in the right spot and I just missed it.Lee finished with 25-points and 11- rebounds, but the Knicks were led in scoring by Al Harrington who came off the bench andproduced a game-high 37-points including five of the Knicks six three-point shots.Tracy McGrady scored 23-points in twenty five minutes but did no play in the fourth quarter or overtime as the Knicks ease himinto playing more minutes. The victory snapped an eight-game Knicks losing streak.The Wizards only field goal of overtime was Nick Youngs dramatic three-pointer to tie the game at 116 with 6.4 secondsremaining. Young, who was only 2 of 7 from the field on the night, somehow connected with both the Knicks Bill Walker andWilson Chandler covering him.Andray Blatche led the Wizards in scoring for the fifth time in six games with 26-points, 18-rebounds, and three blocked shots.Blatche is still adjusting to being double-teamed by opponents and also had eight turnovers,McGee and Randy Foye also recorded double-doubles. To go with five blocked shots McGee had 18 points and ten rebounds, whileFoye had 22 points and ten assists.Once again the Wizards were in a position to win only to fall short. The Wizards had a season high 34-assists and 13-blockedshots but to with the good, the Wizards hurt themselves by only shooting 12 of 21 from the free throw line.Still the Wizards found a way to play through not only missed free-throws but missing players. James Singleton suffered asprained left ankle early in the second quarter and did not return. Al Thornton and Mike Miller fouled out in the final minuteof regulation while Quinton Ross picked up his sixth foul early in overtime.The Wizards determination has been unquestioned since the All-Star break. Down 109-104 with 2:58 to go in the fourth quarterthe Wizards responded with a 6-0 run punctuated by a Mike Miller fast break-layup to make it 110-109. The fast break wastriggered after Foye was able to stop a driving Sergio Rodriguez.Foye then turned into the offensive hero in the closing seconds after the Wizards had fallen behind 112-110. With 25.9 secondsremaining Foyes 20-foot jump shot from the wing rimmed out, went high in the air, and with the perfect backspin nestled in thenet to tie the game at 112.The Knicks had time to work with but McGee turned away a Wilson Chandler drive to the basket with 1.9 seconds on the clock. There was then a scramble for the loose ball and the Wizards ended up calling a timeout and this is where the controversial part comes in.There appeared to be the possibility of a 24-second violation but none was called. The Wizards called a timeout and after a video review only two-tenths of a second were put on the clock.The Wizards hoped to get at least one-second for a final play and alob attempt to McGee by the basket was incomplete and the game headed to overtime.The Wizards are now 0-4 in overtime and have lost eight games by 4-poiints or less.