Francis’ three at buzzer lifts Knicks over Wizards
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Steve Francis scored 26 points, including
the game-winning three at the buzzer as the New York Knicks stunned the
Washington Wizards, 90-89, at the Verizon Center.
Eddy Curry finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who have
won three of their last four games and moved into a tie with Orlando for
eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Stephon Marbury added 15 points and
Channing Frye 12 for New York, which played without Quentin Richardson, Jamal
Crawford and David Lee.
Gilbert Arenas scored 25 points and Antawn Jamison added 18 for Washington,
which has lost two in a row since a three-game losing streak.
Trailing 88-85, Francis penetrated, made a driving layup and was fouled.
However, Francis missed the foul shot. Andray Blatche, who rebounded the miss
was immediately fouled, but he settled for 1-of-2 at the line.
Then out of timeouts, New York got the ball to Francis who ran to the top of
the key on the left side and drilled a three at the buzzer.
The Knicks won despite shooting just 16-28 from the free throw line.
The Wizards went on a 9-0 run, capped by an Arenas triple, putting the Wizards
up 15-6 with 4:55 left in the first frame. The Knicks scored the next six
points to pull within three and trailed just 21-19 after one quarter.
Washington held onto the lead throughout the second quarter, but New York
stayed within arm’s length and trailed just 41-39 at the intermission.
Trailing 53-51, New York went on a 11-4 spurt, capped by a Francis three,
giving the Knicks their largest lead, 62-57 with 3:31 left in the third
period. The Wizards answered by scoring seven straight to take a two-point
lead with 1:29 left in the frame.
Marbury’s trey with 12 seconds left in the third stanza gave New York a 67-66
edge heading into the final quarter.
The Wizards scored the first six points of the final quarter to go ahead 72-67
with just over 9 1/2 minutes remaining.
New York outrebounded Washington 44-35…New York finished 33-of-80 from the
field while Washington shot 29-of-72…Washington plays seven of its next
eight games on the road…New York defeated Washington for just the second
time in the last six meetings…Richardson is out due to a sore back, while
Crawford and Lee are also hurt.