The Washington Wizards were major underdogs going into their matchup with the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, but that didn't stop the Wizards from winning 106-96.
Sometimes, it's not how you start, but how you finish. In this game, the Knicks simply weren't able to finish.
The game was closely contested through the first three quarters and the Knicks took a three-point lead going into the fourth, but a slow start and poor defense allowed the Wizards to take control of this game.
Washington had one of the best shooting performances of any NBA team this season. The Wizards shot a sensational 55 percent (11-of-20) from beyond the arc and 53 percent from the field overall.
New York didn't fare as well, shooting 32 percent (9-of-28) from long range and 40 percent from the field in total.
John Wall created havoc on the Knicks as the star point guard dropped a team-leading 21 points to go along with nine assists and five rebounds. Trevor Ariza was the spark off the bench that his team needed as the former Knick scored 20 points with four rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 31 points and he grabbed nine boards, while Amar'e Stoudemire came off the bench to contribute 19 points and six rebounds with three blocks. Tyson Chandler grabbed 13 boards and his three-game streak of 20 rebounds has been snapped.
Player of the Game: Trevor Ariza
Normally the question isn't how much Wall will score, but rather who will be the secondary scorer to give him support.
Ariza was the answer on Wednesday night and his 20 points in 33 minutes off the bench no doubt put Washington over the top. Ariza also had a solid all-around performance, adding four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
What's Next for New York
After the snap of their five-game winning streak, the Knicks will be back at it on Friday night when they go to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.
What's Next for Washington
Don't look now, but the Wizards have won their last two games against a banged up Los Angeles Clippers team and a not-so-banged-up Knicks squad. Three in a row could be in the cards for the Wizards, but they'll have to do it against the Brooklyn Nets in Washington.