Wizards coach Randy Wittman was displeased with his team's defensive effort, but he was determined to coach the opener despite attending Flip Saunders' funeral earlier in the day.
The Wizards lost for the first time this season because they had no answer for Carmelo Anthony, who had a game-high 37 points and almost every clutch basket for the Knicks.
Bradley Beal struggled for a half, but started to get it going as he hit a three to close the third quarter to put the Wizards ahead.
Washington's John Wall races down court showing his speed and strength as he finishes through the contact from New York's Robin Lopez.
Randy Wittman attended the funeral of ex-Wizards coach Flip Saunders in Minnesota on Saturday.