Wizards handed 13th defeat by Knicks

Wizards handed 13th defeat by Knicks
November 30, 2012, 11:00 pm
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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles around Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton (31) during the second half at Madison Square Garden.


All of the good feelings that came from the Wizards’ first win of the season Wednesday night ended 48 hours later with a lopsided 108-87 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square


The game was lost beyond the arc, where the Knicks shot 12-for-29 [41 percent] and the Wizards shot 5-for-18 [28 percent].

The Wizards also managed just 11 assists – the Knicks had 20 – and turned the ball over 17 times to the Knicks’ eight. Ten different Wizards committed at least one turnover, led by Kevin Seraphin’s three.

Add it up and you have the Wizards falling to 1-13 and the Knicks improving their record to 11-4.

“The first and third quarters again were not good for us,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman told reporters in New York. “When you shoot 50 percent -- or whatever we did from the line [actually 12-for-21] – and have 11 assists and 17 turnovers, playing a team like this makes it hard.”

Turnovers have been a problem for the Wizards all season and against Carmelo Anthony [20 points] and J.R. Smith [20 points] they proved to be the difference.

“Whenever we turn it over like that it puts them out into the break with shooters who spread the floor and put you in a bind,” Wittman said.

Offensively, the Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford’s 17 points off the bench. Bradley Beal added 14 points and Kevin Seraphin recorded his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Nene played 18 minutes in his fourth game back from plantar fasciitis, managing nine points on 4-for-7 shooting. Beal led all Wizards with 31 minutes of playing time.

The Wizards are expected to have the day off on Saturday and return to practice Sunday in preparation for Tuesday’s home date against LeBron James and the 11-3 Miami Heat.