Knicks beat Wizards for 10th straight time


Knicks beat Wizards for 10th straight time

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each scored 20 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards for the 10th straight time, 108-87 on Friday night.

Tyson Chandler and Ronnie Brewer each added 12 points for the Knicks, who improved to 6-0 at home and also beat the Wizards for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden. Both winning streaks are their longest active against one team.

Chandler finished with 10 rebounds but his 5-of-8 shooting represented a cold night after the NBA's leading shooter had made 16 of 17 over his previous two games and came in shooting 71.8 percent for the season.

Raymond Felton scored 11 points for the Knicks, who shot 53 percent from the field in their third straight game without starting guard Jason Kidd, who remains out with lower back spasms.

Jordan Crawford scored 17 points and rookie Bradley Beal had 14 for the Wizards, who beat Portland 84-82 on Wednesday for their lone victory after a 0-12 start but were never in this game after the first 10 minutes.

The Knicks led by nine after one and kept increasing their lead, going ahead by double digits throughout the second half and by as much as 23.

The only time the home fans grew restless was at the half, during the filming of a scene for the upcoming Vince Vaughn film ``Delivery Man.'' After a hard foul, the actor playing the Knicks star had to shoot two free throws but couldn't make both, the boos growing louder with each miss until he had to be rattled.

The real Knicks had nothing to worry about.

Leading by one, the Knicks closed the first quarter with a 10-2 spurt for a 26-17 lead, holding Washington to 32 percent shooting. The Knicks then made 12 of 19 shots in the second, getting eight points from Pablo Prigioni and building a 13-point advantage before going into the locker room up 57-46 after Anthony rattled in a jumper at the buzzer.

Notes: The Wizards' last victory in New York was Dec. 6, 2006. ... Kidd did some shooting Friday morning and hopes to return next week, though coach Mike Woodson wasn't sure, saying the Knicks would have to just continue to wait. .. Chandler's ``Rebound 4 Rockaway'' campaign will team up with the NBA players' association on Saturday to deliver items to families affected by Superstorm Sandy in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

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VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

VIDEO: Wizards celebrate first division title in 38 years in locker room with coach Scott Brooks

On Tuesday night in Los Angeles the Wizards were partying like it was 1979. Okay, maybe not qute but after winning the first division title for the franchise in 38 years, the Wizards held a postgame celebration in the locker room.

It didn't involve champagne or goggles or anything like that, but they did douse coach Scott Brooks with water. And afterwards they came together to embrace as a team.

The aftermath of Brooks' shower and the conversation that followed was captured on camera by the Wizards.

Watch it all right here:

That's good stuff and they earned it.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Lakers to win division title

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards' win over the Lakers meant a lot, as it captured their first division championship in 38 years, since 1978-79. That was the longest division title drought in all of North American pro sports.

The game itself was pretty ugly, as the Wizards found themselves down 16 points at one time before coming back to win. Along the way there were many highlights, including this thunderous slam by John Wall in the first quarter:

2. Wall ended up with 34 points, 14 assists and four steals. Two of those points came on this up-and-under layup. Wall went straight to the rim and finished:

3. Here is one of Wall's four steals. He snatched it and finished on the other end with another big left-handed dunk:

4. Now for the shots that sealed the win. First, here is Bradley Beal hitting a vicious stepback jumper to score two of his 16 points:

5. And here is Wall putting the finishing touches on the victory with a stepback J of his own. This was just nasty:

Now for a few moments unrelated to actually plays. Here is Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell consoling a young girl in the crowd whom he ran into while chasing a loose ball:

Here is the scene postgame after coach Scott Brooks was soaked with water by the Wizards:

And finally, this is a clever meme from Dan Martin on our digital staff. It was a Hollywood ending:

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