After finally getting off the schneid and picking up their first win of the season, the Washington Wizards hit the road to face one of the Eastern Conference's best teams through the first month of the season. And things did not go well against the New York Knicks, as the Wizards were blown out, 108-87 at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks shot better than 53 percent from the floor and drained 12 three-pointers on their way to the 21-point win. New York poured in 31 points in the second quarter, but the Washington offense hung in to keep it respectable at the half. The third quarter, however, was a different story as the Knicks picked it up on defense and blitzed Washington on the other end of the floor. Two players not shy about getting their shots, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, led all scorers with 20 points a piece.
The Wizards could not match the Knicks from long range, hitting just five of 18 attempts from behind the arc. Jordan Crawford missed all four of his attempts from downtown, but still led all Washington scorers with 17 points. Nene had nine points and seven boards in limited minutes as he continues to work his way back from his foot injury.
Washington will now host the defending champion Heat on Tuesday night, trying to avoid the start of another losing streak.