Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards wipe out Knicks

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Gilbert Arenas ripped the Knicks for 38
points, and Antawn Jamison scored 33 and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the
Washington Wizards to a 113-102 win over New York that wasn’t nearly as close
as the final score indicated.

Eddie Curry scored 22 and grabbed 11 boards for the Knicks, who have lost
three of four. Quentin Richardson and Stephon Marbury netted 16 each for New
York. David Lee scored 13 and pulled down eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Jamison added seven rebounds for the Wizards, who have won four of five.
Deshawn Stevenson scored 15 points for Washington, and Caron Butler added 10
points on the night.

Washington took control with a scorching performance in the first half,
hitting five-of-six from behind the three-point line in a second quarter in
which they opened up an 11-point lead. Both teams had defensive issues in a
first half which ended with Washington up 66-55.

Lee kept the Knicks in the game early, netting seven points in the first
quarter as New York stayed within striking distance. Arenas was on point from
the opening tip, though, scoring 12 in the first quarter, including a three-
pointer with three seconds left to send the Wizards into the second quarter
with a 35-31 lead.

Arenas didn’t slow up in the second quarter, hitting for 12 more, 24 points at
the break.

“We made shots tonight,” said Arenas, in reference to Washington’s 14-of-20
performance from behind the three-point line, a 70-percent clip. “Any team
that shoots like that, even if you get outrebounded it’s still hard to beat

Washington led by as much as 21 in the third, as an Arenas three with 4:27
left in the quarter gave the Wizards a 92-71 advantage. The Knicks briefly cut
into the lead, streaking on a 13-1 run that brought New York to within 93-84
on a Jamal Crawford lay-up with just under a minute left in the third.

Washington quickly answered, though, and led by double-figures for the rest of
the game. Washington led by 21 with just over three minutes left, but the
Knicks closed the fourth quarter with a meaningless 12-2 run to produce the
final, 11-point margin of victory for the Wizards.

“We all definitely have a sense of urgency,” said Richardson, as the Knicks’
eighth loss in 10 home games this season inspired a great deal of booing by
the home crowd. “We all know that we have to start winning now, but we know
that there’s still a lot of basketball to be played.”

Game Notes

The Wizards hit 70 percent (14-of-20) from behind the three-point line…This
was Washington’s first win on the road. They are now 1-8 on the season away
from home…The 35-point first quarter and 66-point first half were both
most allowed by the Knicks on the season…Renaldo Balkman grabbed 12
rebounds for the Knicks, who actually outrebounded the Wizards, 47-34.