Apparently, the New York Knicks don’t have the best fourth-quarter offense in the NBA after all. The New York Knicks lost to the Washington Wizards, who own the second worst record in the league on Wednesday evening.
The Knicks defense fell apart in the fourth quarter after making a comeback in the third quarter. John Wall led the Wizards offense in the second half of the game with 21 points and dished nine assists as the Wizards tore up the Knicks’ defense in the fourth quarter. Along with Wall, Chris Singleton came off the bench and lit up the Wizards offense, scoring seven of his 10 points in the final minutes of the game.
Singleton brought some much needed offense to the team as they are now 5-5 in their past 10 games which is a great difference for a team that has just 13 wins over the 48 games they’ve played so far. So, how did the Wizards manage to tear apart the Knicks’ game plan heading into the final portion of the game?
Well, the Wizards have been playing pretty well since Wall’s return. With Nene’s double-double including a block and a steal and former Knicks player, Trevor Ariza, racking up 20 points off of the bench, they’re beginning to click and it may be hard to stop them. Martell Webster was a key part of the team’s win as he was able to get open in 3-point range several time as he ended up with 19 points which could have been the ultimate difference in the game’s results.
The Knicks just simply couldn’t figure out how to win against the Wizards. They had the same problem a few years ago. Whenever they played against opponents with terrible records, they played hard for three quarters and then broke down and got tired in the fourth quarter. If the Knicks continue to play this way, they’ll ultimately lose out on gaining a higher spot within the Eastern Conference standings, which can be essential come playoff time.
The team’s lone bright side on Wednesday evening was Amar’e Stoudemire (not including his involvement in a double-technical with Wall) shooting 6-11 from the field and having a season-high three blocks along with Carmelo Anthony’s near double-double effort. However, it just wasn’t enough as the Knicks just weren’t able to pass the way they needed to in order to win the game.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.