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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards: Postgame Grades and Analysis for NY
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards took down the New York Knicks 106-96 at Verizon Center.

Washington came storming out of the gate. They nailed their first seven field goals to open up a 16-5 advantage in the first four minutes. But the Knicks had cut the deficit to just a point only a couple of minutes later.

Washington continued their hot shooting, knocking down 53 percent of their shots in the first half, including six of eight from behind the arc for Martell Webster and ex-Knick Trevor Ariza.

The Knicks did not like getting a taste of their own long-range medicine. The Wizards were 11-of-20 from behind the arc while the Knicks were just 9-of-28.

Ultimately, the Knicks played atrocious defense, repeatedly conceding wide-open corner threes and allowing some uncontested drives to the hoop. At one stage in the fourth quarter, the Wizards were 10-of-14 from beyond the arc.

In the end, Washington shot 53 percent to New York's 40 percent. That tells the tale of the evening. The Knicks inexplicably were outscored 36-23 in the fourth quarter. Mike Woodson probably did a lot of yelling in the locker room.

New York came into the contest at 31-15, just a half game behind the Miami Heat for first place in the East.

The Wizards, by contrast, were 12-35, second-worst in the conference and 20 games back from Miami.

In their last meeting on November 30, the Knicks spanked Washington 108-87. But this is a different-looking Wizards squad from the one that rolled over just two months ago.

Washington has been energized by the return of John Wall (who had 21 points and nine assists in this one), and they're playing like a different team. The Wizards are 7-7 since Wall came back, and they began the night having won six of their past seven games at home. 

Now it's seven of eight. Let's take a look at the Knicks position by position and evaluate their poor performance.

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