Washington Wizards (29-48) at New York Knicks (50-26), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will try to win the Atlantic Division
for the first time in 19 seasons on Wednesday night when they host the
The Knicks, winners of 12 straight games, are six ahead of the Brooklyn Nets
with six to play. If New York wins on Tuesday, or the Nets lose to the
Philadelphia 76ers, the Atlantic Division title belongs to the Knicks.
The Knicks haven't won the Atlantic Division since the 1993-94 season. That
same season, they lost in the NBA Finals to the Houston Rockets.
New York's 12th consecutive victory came on Sunday, in Oklahoma City, over the
Thunder. The Knicks won 125-120 and moved 2 1/2 games past the Indiana Pacers
for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
"This is probably one of the biggest wins we've had in a long time," said
Carmelo Anthony. "For us to come out here, keep our composure and win on the
road, we can out here and did it."
Anthony continued to be amazing. He went for 36 points on 15-for-29 shooting
and earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors, averaging 41.8 ppg
during the week.
During this epic run, Anthony has fractionally inched ahead of OKC's Kevin
Durant for the NBA scoring lead.
"I try not to think about that," said Anthony. "I just go out there and just
play ball. I don't think about that."
The Wizards have lost two of their last three and five in a row on the road.
On Sunday, Washington fell to the Boston Celtics 107-96, one night after
burying the Indiana Pacers in D.C.
Washington's fortunes turned in the third quarter against the Celtics. Boston
won the period 31-19 and went ahead by 16 points.
"Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the other team," said Wizards head
coach Randy Wittman. "It's not so much us. I thought they shot the ball
extremely well tonight and during that stretch in the third quarter we
couldn't buy a basket to try and keep it back and forth like a tennis match,
and we dug ourselves a hole."
Five Wizards players scored in double digits, but none higher than John Wall's
16. He added 10 assists and Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Seraphin and
A.J. Price also cracked the 10-point mark.
The Knicks have taken two of three this season against the Wiz, but have won
17 of their last 21 overall against Washington. The Wizards have dropped nine
straight in Madison Square Garden.
04/09 10:31:25 ET
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