New York forward Carmelo Anthony thought he had the undersized John Wall posted up for an easy layup in the paint but the Wizards’ guard had other ideas as he went up with the taller Anthony and blocked the shot, taking the ball away in one swoop. But that wasn't the best part. Wall then took the ball and went coast-to-coast, capped off with an incredible spin move to leave Knicks defender Jason Kidd in his wake, and scoring to put the Wizards up 16-5 with 7 minutes left in the first quarter.
The sequence by Wall sent a message to New York. The Wizards and Wall weren't going to lie down and they didn't as they went on to beat the Knicks,106-96, at Verizon Center.
By knocking off the previously red-hot 31-16 Knicks, the Wizards improved to 13-35 and have won 7 of their last 8 ballgames at home.
"We're just competing," Wall said. "We're competing against every team we play against, no matter who it is. We know those types of teams are capable of knocking you out pretty early. We just keep fighting."
Wall led the Wizards with 21 points and 9 assists and got great help from forward Trevor Ariza off the bench with 20 big points.
"It was a big game. We gave the fans something to be proud of tonight," Ariza said.