Wizards rout Knicks to take command of fifth spot
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison scored 18
points apiece, as Washington downed New York, 105-90, at the Verizon Center.
Etan Thomas, Jared Jeffries and Gilbert Arenas each scored 13 points for the
Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Antonio Daniels added 12 points
and Arenas also dished out 13 assists for Washington, which widened its lead
to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jackie Butler scored a season-high 22 points for the Knicks, who suffered
their ninth straight loss. Steve Francis scored 15 points and Jamal Crawford
added 14 points, but the Knicks committed a season-high 28 turnovers.
The Knicks managed to outscore the Wizards by seven points in the fourth
quarter, but the Wizards’ 22-point halftime lead was insurmountable.
Washington got things started with a 10-0 run, capped by a Thomas jam with
7:55 left in the opening quarter to go up 12-2, and led 30-19 heading into the
Washington added 11 points to its lead in the second stanza, in which it
closed with a 12-2 run, snapped by a Qyntel Woods jumper at the buzzer. The
Wizards led 61-39 at halftime.
Both teams scored 24 points in the third quarter, as Washington led 85-63
heading into the final period.
Washington won the season series, 3-1…New York, on pace for the No. 1
overall pick in the NBA Draft, has lost five in a row on the road and is 6-30
outside Madison Square Garden this season…Arenas had six steals.