In the category of no big surprise, the New York Knicks (11-4) handled business against the NBA's worst team, the Wasington Wizards (1-13), 108-87. It was the Knicks' second straight win and keeps them tied atop the Atlantic division.
New York jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Knicks would lead the rest of the way and blew the game open in the third quarter, extending their lead to 21 over the Wizards.
The Knicks had two leading scorers on the evening with Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith both netting 20 points each. Smith did his damage off the bench, while Anthony sat out the fourth quarter since the Knicks had built a huge lead.
Washington wasn't able to muster up much offense against the Knicks' elite defense. Jordan Crawford led all Wizards scorers with 17 points off the bench, and rookie Bradley Beal led all Washington starters with 14 points.
As a team, the Knicks shot an impressive 53 percent from the field, including 12-of-29 from beyond the arc. Ball movement was a big plus in this game, as the Knicks notched 24 assists as a team but allowed a startling 13 offensive rebounds against the inept Wizards.
While beating the Wizards doesn't say much about a team nowadays, it was good news for the Knicks because they continue to take care of the teams they should beat and in a comfortable fashion. This game was never in doubt from the first minute to the last.
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony
Melo continues his stellar season up until this point and certainly deserved player of the game honors on Friday night.
Anthony had 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and one block while going 6-of-13 from the floor (7-of-10 from the free-throw line). Melo wasn't needed in the fourth quarter thanks to a huge lead, otherwise his numbers might have been more impressive.
Still, a great all-around game for the Knicks' best player and another win at Madison Square Garden.
What's Next for New York?
After taking Saturday off, the Knicks will square off against the Phoenix Suns in a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden. This is another winnable game for New York, and the Knicks should be able to stay perfect at home.
What's Next for Washington?
Things are about to go from bad to worse as the Wizards have to go from New York to D.C. to host the best team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, on Tuesday. Long story short, don't expect Washington to pick up its second win anytime soon.
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