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Knicks Beat The Wiz

By Jason A. Cohen

In a game that the Knicks were supposed to win against the sinking Washington Wizards, they delivered with a 128 to 122 victory. During the game three things were reinforced. The Knicks need to learn how to play defense, they still need to learn how to close an opponent out down the stretch when the game is close, and David Lee is a MONSTER.

From the moment the game began, both teams had strong starts. Each team shot extremely well from the field and traded baskets back and forth throughout. With the score at halftime 67 to 66 it certainly seemed as though defense was optional if not shunned all together.

For the Knicks, multiple players stepped up and had huge games. Quentin Richardson was red hot from the field hitting 6 of 7 from downtown and 10 of 16 overall. He added 4 rebounds and 3 assists to go along with his 26 points. Most importantly, when the Knicks were locked in a battle in the final minutes, Richardson hit a dagger from behind the arc, virtually sealing the victory. David Lee had another impressive showing hitting on 12 of 21 field goal attempts for 30 points with 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He may be the teams most valuable player as he plays each and every game with a fire that has not been seen since the days of the Patrick Ewing led Knicks. Another Knick who made a contribution in 28 minutes off the bench was Al Harrington who chimmed in with 27 points on 8 of 12 shooting.

For the Wizards they received solid contributions from Nick Young, Caron Butler, and Mike James. Young was red hot from the field scoring 33 points in 33 minutes off the bench. Butler, who has been having another All-Star caliber season, added 25 points and 3 rebounds. New York product Mike James enjoyed a solid homecoming scoring 20 points hitting 4 of 4 from long range. He also compiled 5 assists and 3 rebounds.

For the Knicks it was a good victory coming off their victory in New Orleans on Monday as they seek to put together a string of victories to get back above .500. The Knicks are putting forth a terrific effort and it has made all the difference.

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