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So how about those mighty mighty New York Knicks, huh? Riding a five game win streak, having defeated the Wizards 10 straight times going into the contest..man, their fans probably thought this one was in the books, right?
That's probably why 10,000 of them poured into the Verizon Center last night, morphing the stadium into MSG 2.0.
But that's also what made it sweeter to watch them mope towards the arena exits with gloom on their faces and lumps in their throats.
The Wizards defied odds once again last night after taking down yet another NBA powerhouse. Yep, the mass grave of championship contenders taken down by the Wiz Kids continues to pile after last night, with the Knicks being dumped right next to the Thunder, Heat and Bulls.
This team is gradually defining themselves with their confidence, perseverance and resilience. Let’s be honest, if this team was as mentally unstable as it has been prior to this season, there’s no way they “maintain”, as coach Wittman put it, against a talented team like the Knicks. There’s no way they overcome the overwhelming cheers of opposing bandwagon fans, with chants of “MVP” blaring through the arena every time Melo is at the line. Face it, there’s no way the WIN.
But thanks to guys like Martell Webster and John Wall, there’s no worry about that. While Wall continues to prove every ounce of his precious worth since returning from injury, Webster continues to solidify himself as last summer’s top free agent pickup. The two were simply brilliant down the stretch and helped the Wizards surge for 36 points in the final quarter. Wall scored nine of his 21 points, along with three assists, and Webster nailed a late 3-pointer (his fifth of the game) that essentially sealed the game and forced Knicks fans out of their seats before the final buzzer.
And how about a little love to Trevor Ariza and Chris Singleton? Singleton, who for most of the season had been in the doghouse (currently occupied by Jordan Crawford), was just as magnificent as Wall and Webster in that final quarter, scoring nine of his 10 points along with some very efficient defense. Ariza also scored nine points in the fourth, including a 4-point play at the beginning of the quarter that steered the Wizards back into the lead..for good.
Here are some post-game interviews with Wall and Webster.
"We're competing. We're competing against every team we play, no matter who it is." -- John Wall
"Now that we're clicking and got both our units healthy, we're playing full throttle." -- Martell Webster
BEST OF MAXIM
NOBODY BEATS THE WIZ
Washington Wizards guard John Wall made an impressive play with a one-man fast break during the first quarter Wednesday night's game at the Verizon Center against the New York Knicks. Wall blocked Carmelo Anthony from behind on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast, breaking out a spin move in the lane before finishing with a layup. The play set the tone for the game...
I think its safe to say that John Wall is back in basketball shape and he has been pumping out highlight plays with more frequency. On this one he blocks the layup attempt by Carmelo Anthony grabs the lose ball and drives down court for an impressive spin move into finger role. More importantly though, the Wizards came out on top of the Knicks 106-96.
John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Trevor Ariza scored 20 points and the Washington Wizards broke the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak with a 106-96 victory on Wednesday night.
The Wizards also snapped New York's 10-game winning streak over them.
Wall, playing in front of his college coach, John Calipari, and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, scored 10 points...
The Knicks scored 96 points against the Wizards on Wednesday night. The defensive effort that New York normally puts on display usually allows 96 points to be enough to come away with a win.But the game in Washington was different, as the Knicks failed to get stops throughout the game. The Wizards have the recently returned John Wall to thank for the victorious effort, as the floor...
After missing the first thirty-three games of the 2013 regular season, Wizards guard John Wall is making up for lost time.Early on in the Wizards game tonight against the New York Knicks, Wall was able to reject a shot from Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.After controlling the swat, John went coast-to-coast for an easy lay-up:
Wizards John Wall’s return to the court has been understated this season, probably because the Wizards season overall has been uneventful. But during Knicks vs. Wizards on Wednesday night, John Wall showed why he’s a player you can’t afford to sleep on. Checkout this play where he blocks Carmelo Anthony from behind and goes coast to coast hits a spin on Jason Kidd for the lay...
Pre-Game News and Notes
Knicks vs. Wizards
The Knicks and Wizards will be facing off for the second time this season but will not have the same feel as the first time around. Both teams look a lot different on the court today than they did on November 30th when they faced off the first time and is not as lopsided of an affair as people think; the Wizards are not as bad a team as...
Post Game Recap
Final Score Knicks: 96 Wizards: 106
The Knicks just did not bring it enough Wednesday night in Washington, leading to a disappointing loss at the hands of the Wizards. This comes as a surprise to some people, but really shouldn’t as the Wizards improve to 8-7 with John Wall in the lineup; also seven of their 13 wins now have come against teams with records above...
The Washington Wizards held the Brooklyn Nets without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during the first half, survived a second-half slump and held on for an 89-74 victory Friday night in their latest win over a team near the top of the standings.
Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, and Martell Webster scored 16 points for the Wizards...
Wizards John Wall has had quite the return to the court this season, but since the Wizards season overall is garbage he has gone somewhat unnoticed. But not today, during [...]
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2/08/2013 - Verizon Center, Washington, DC
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2/06/2013 - Verizon Center, Washington, DC
NBA.com Game Highlights
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The game tonight at MSG 2.0/Verizon Center/The Phone Booth was bittersweet for Wizard fans. Bitter because the home arena was taken over by the opposing team - AGAIN - and Knicks fans out-screamed Wizard fans for the majority of the...
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
7:00 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet HD
Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier
Radio: 106.7 FM/1500 AM
Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor
Knicks Projected Starting Lineup