Wizards Extend Knicks Losing Streak to Five

11/24/13 in NBA   |   Raff5600   |   2 respect

Wall scores 31 as Wizards beat the Knicks in Washington. New York went into Washington looking to snap their current four game losing streak as they began a four game road trip. All was good for the Knicks as they had the lead at the end of the 1st quarter 27-26. New York continued their strong half as they shot 50 percent and saw some good play out of Amare Stoudemire in the 2nd quarter. Stoudemire was actually one of the bright spots for the Knicks tonight as they seemed to fall apart in the 2nd half. He started off his night 5-5 with 10 points including a highlight reel dunk. The 6'11" forward looked as good as he had all season and propelled the Knicks to a  52-49 lead at the half. 

"It's never easy losing" said Stoudemire. "You always want to be out there and help your team when we're losing, but we just gotta regroup."

While the Knicks shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, they still allowed Washington to shoot a high percentage. The Wizards were led by John Wall who had a game high 31 points and 7 assists. But the 3rd quarter was where the Wizards started to pull away. Along with Wall, the second year guard out of Florida, Bradley Beal had 13 of his 19 points in the 2nd half. But it wasn't just Washington's backcourt that hurt the Knicks in the 2nd half. Center, Marcin Gortat, had 9 of his 17 rebounds in the 3rd quarter and also contributed with 16 points in the game. Martell Webster also hurt the Knicks scoring 19 points and hitting five shots from three point land. 

Head coach Mike Woodson was not happy with his team's play tonight. "We came out a little flat in the second half" said Woodson. "Only bright spot was Amare Stoudemire. We gotta figure out a way to put four quarters together."

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks offensively tonight. He had a team high 23 points on 9-19 shooting. Even though Anthony shot just under 50 percent, 19 shots is still a lot of attempts when only scoring 23 points. But once again Carmelo Anthony showed that toughness as he has all season bringing down 12 rebounds. Tonight was Anthony's 6 double double on this young season. 

"They doubled me on the catch, and we made no adjustments" said Anthony. 

Now the Knicks head out west for three tough games and look to snap this losing streak. New York has to hope they see more of the same from Amare Stoudemire in his limited minutes and get a little more help from the supporting cast as Carmelo leads this team to some wins. 
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