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                       === Wall, Wizards shock Knicks ===
 Washington,  DC  (Sports Network)  - John  Wall led  six Washington players in
 double  figures with 21  points, as the Wizards earned a rare victory over the
 New York Knicks with a 106-96 decision on Wednesday at Verizon Center.
 Wall  added  nine assists and  five rebounds,  while Trevor Ariza knocked down
 five  3-pointers  en route  to a season-high  20 points off  the bench for the
 Wizards, who had lost their last 10 meetings with the Knicks.
 "We're  just  competing,"  Wall  said  of beating  another  top  team.  "We're
 competing  against  every team we  play against, no matter  who it is. We know
 those types of teams are capable of knocking you out pretty early, but we just
 keep fighting."
 Martell  Webster added  19 points, Nene donated 13 points and 10 rebounds, and
 Emeka  Okafor  and Chris Singleton  scored 12  and 10 points, respectively, in
 Washington's second consecutive victory.
 Carmelo  Anthony  poured in  a game-high  31 points to  go with nine rebounds,
 while  Amare Stoudemire netted 19 points off the bench for the Knicks, who had
 their five-game winning streak snapped.
 "We  were  just there thinking we  were going to show  up and come out of here
 with  a win,  and it just didn't  happen," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "It
 was  awful  across the boards,  starting at  the top with  me. We've got to be
 Washington  trailed, 73-70,  after three frames before Ariza opened the fourth
 with  a four-point play to take the lead and spark a 15-4 surge that Singleton
 capped with a 3-pointer to provide the Wizards with an 85-77 edge.
 New  York was able to trim the margin to five on four different occasions over
 the final six minutes, but the Knicks failed to register a field goal over the
 final  three minutes  of the contest, allowing  the Wizards to hang on for the
 Early  on, Washington  knocked down  its  first seven  shots of  the game  and
 finished the first half a scorching 52.6 percent (20-for-38) from the field to
 take a 51-48 advantage after 24 minutes.
 Tyson  Chandler opened  the second half with  a layup to bring New York within
 one,  but Washington answered  with a 10-2 spurt to build a 61-52 cushion just
 under 5 1/2 minutes into the third.
 A stepback jumper from J.R. Smith at the other end gave the Knicks their first
 field  goal  in over five  minutes and sparked a  21-7 run that Anthony capped
 with  a  fastbreak layup  to provide  the Knicks  with a  73-68 lead with 1:09
 remaining in the quarter.
 Wall's  tip-in  with under five seconds  left brought the Wizards within 73-70
 heading into the fourth.
                                   Game Notes
 Chandler, who had recorded 20-plus rebounds in each of New York's last three
 games, finished with eight points and 13 boards ... Washington's last win over
 the Knicks came on Jan. 30, 2010 in Washington by the same score ...
 Washington shot 53.2 percent (42-for-79) from the field, while New York shot
 40.5 percent (34-for-84) from the floor ... Washington guard Bradley Beal
 missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right wrist.
 02/07 00:29:26 ET

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