Knicks Vs. Wizards: John Wall's Return Isn't Enough As Wizards Fall 101-95

After a solid start and a five-point halftime lead, the Wizards could not hold on. Amare Stoudemire of the Knicks turned in an impressive 36-point 10-rebound performance.

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Knicks Vs. Wizards: New York Comes Back In Second Half To Win 101-95

The Wizards raced out to a five point lead at halftime, but a huge performance from Amare Stoudemire and a steady comeback victory from the Knicks led to the expected result.

Stoudemire had 36-points and 10-rebounds to lead all scorers, and to push the Knicks ahead for a 101-95 victory. All five of New York's starters finished in double-figures as they out-shot, out-rebounded, and ultimately out-scored the Wizards.

The Wizards did put in a valiant effort though against the second-place team in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Gilbert Arenas was the team's highest scorer with 20-points. Role players Kirk Hinrich and Nick Young added 13 and 17 points respectively off the bench.

The Wizards attempted a late comeback, but were ultimately thwarted. The decisive play occurred with under a minute left as John Wall pushed the ball up the floor after a JaVale McGee rebound. Wall thought he had a clear lane to the basket but Stoudemire blocked the shot from behind, and sealed the game for the visitors.

The Knicks extended their winning streak to seven games, and have now won 12 of their last 13. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Wizards, who will return to action Tuesday night against the Lakers.


Knicks Vs. Wizards: Washington Holds Slim Lead Entering The Second Half

John Wall was a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup for the Wizards tonight, but its been some of their more established players who have stood out so far tonight as Washington leads New York by six points at halftime.

The streaking Knicks have been outrebounded by the Wizards in the early going, but have looked to narrow the Wizards' lead and pull ahead early in the second half. New York's star forward Amare Stoudemire now has 21-points, leading all scorers in the contest.

For Washington, Andray Blatche leads the team with 16-points, while Gilbert Arena has 11-points. Kirk Hinrich and Nick Young are each in double figures off the bench. Jianlian Yi has also contributed with some solid defense throughout the game. Wall, while scoring only four points so far on eight shots, has remained a vital part of the offense, adding five assists in the first half.


Knicks Vs. Wizards: John Wall Will Start As Washington Looks To Snap Knicks' Streak


For a game at least, the Washington Wizards will be fully healthy. They take on the red-hot New York Knicks tonight, and John Wall and Andray Blatche are both scheduled to start. 

Wall was a last-minute scratch against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday after reaggravating his left foot. In his pre-game remarks, Flip Saunders said However, the starters have just been announced, and Wall is among them. Blatche, meanwhile, will return after missing two straight games with a hip injury. He was seen shooting around before the game with the rest of the club.

The Wizards will need both players if they want to knock off the red-hot Knicks. New York has won six games in a row and 11 of their past 12. Amare Stoudemire has emerged as a potential MVP candidate, and point guard Raymond Felton has dramatically improved his game. Surprise rookie Landry Fields won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month last month, and Wilson Chandler is having the best game of his career.

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