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                    === Wall carries Wizards over Knicks ===
 
 Washington,  DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall torched New York for 31 points
 and  seven  assists as the  Washington Wizards  topped the Knicks, 98-89, from
 Verizon Center.
 
 Washington  trailed  52-49 at  intermission,  but  the Knicks'  starting  unit
 managed  just  seven  points  in  the  third  period  as  the  Wizards  gained
 momentum and eventually pulled away.
 
 Marcin  Gortat  had his way  down low, tallying  16 points on 7-of-11 shooting
 with  17 rebounds  for Washington, which won  for the third time in four tries
 after dropping four in a row.
 
 "We can't get excited about winning," Gortat said. "We have to bring energy
 ever game, have to be focused, have to be humbled and have to work together."
 
 Martell Webster and Bradley Beal added 19 and 18 points, respectively.
 
 Carmelo  Anthony paced  New York  with  23 points  and 12  boards. J.R.  Smith
 chipped  in  15 points off  the bench  as the Knicks  fell to 2-6 since losing
 Tyson Chandler to a right knee injury in a Nov. 5 tilt against Charlotte.
 
 The  Wizards  opened the  decisive third  quarter on a  13-4 burst, which Beal
 capped  with a mid-range jumper at the 8:10 mark. Washington led 62-56 at that
 point and maintained at least a three-point edge the rest of the way.
 
 A  pair of Wall free throws midway through the frame put the hosts in front by
 nine, and they took a 76-69 advantage into the final period.
 
 Webster  knocked  down a  pair of treys  on consecutive Washington possessions
 midway  through the  fourth after Anthony cut New York's deficit to three with
 his jumper at 8:11.
 
 Wall, who had 37 points in a loss at Toronto Friday, put the game away with
 free throws late.
 
 "He's playing well," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said of Wall. "I like
 everything about him. He had an awesome night last night and came back tonight
 and duplicated it."
 
 Earlier,   Amare  Stoudemire   provided  a  boost  for  the  depleted  Knicks'
 frontcourt  when  he connected on all  five of his first-half shots, including
 the  first  two buckets of the  second quarter and an emphatic transition dunk
 midway through the period.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Stoudemire  scored  12 points, while Andrea  Bargnani had 11 and a season-high
 five  assists  ... New York's  bench outscored Washington's reserves, 43-6 ...
 Every Washington starter recorded at least 34 minutes ... Washington hosts the
 Lakers  on  Tuesday before going on  the road for  a pair of games. The Knicks
 travel to Portland on Monday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/24 01:58:55 ET

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