The Knicks’ objective was the same with each Wizards possession in the fourth quarter: stop John Wall. They tried different tactics — double-teaming Wall on the pick-and-roll, or trapping him when he dribbled over midcourt. Raymond Felton, J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert all had their chance to guard Wall. All three failed.
Wall was simply better Wednesday night. His team-high 21 points and 9 assists led the Wizards to an impressive 106-96 victory that snapped the Knicks’ five-game winning streak. The Knicks (31-16) trail the Miami Heat by a game and a half for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony, who had a game-high 31 points, was disappointed in how many points the Knicks gave up late in the game.