NBA Game Summary - New York at Washington
(Tuesday, April 4th)
Final Score: Washington 105, New York 90
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison scored 18 points apiece, as Washington downed New York, 105-90, at the Verizon Center.
Etan Thomas, Jared Jeffries and Gilbert Arenas each scored 13 points for the Wizards, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Antonio Daniels added 12 points and Arenas also dished out 13 assists for Washington, which widened its lead to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jackie Butler scored a season-high 22 points for the Knicks, who suffered their ninth straight loss. Steve Francis scored 15 points and Jamal Crawford added 14 points, but the Knicks committed a season-high 28 turnovers.
The Knicks managed to outscore the Wizards by seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards' 22-point halftime lead was insurmountable.
"New York is a team that is not playing well and we didn't play down to their level," Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "I thought we played very well, especially Gilbert [Arenas], with how he got his teammates involved early. We played the right way."
Washington got things started with a 10-0 run, capped by a Thomas jam with 7:55 left in the opening quarter to go up 12-2, and led 30-19 heading into the second quarter.
Washington added 11 points to its lead in the second stanza, in which it closed with a 12-2 run, snapped by a Qyntel Woods jumper at the buzzer. The Wizards led 61-39 at halftime.
Both teams scored 24 points in the third quarter, as Washington led 85-63 heading into the final period.
"You have to respect what they [Washington] did," New York coach Larry Brown said. "They played hard. They just came off of a tough road trip. They have to go back out and play some tough games and they came out tonight with much more energy."
Washington won the season series, 3-1...New York, on pace for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, has lost five in a row on the road and is 6-30 outside Madison Square Garden this season...Arenas had six steals.
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