The good news for Wizards fans is that Gilbert Arenas provided a glimpse of his old self for a short stretch in the fourth quarter. Arenas scored 14 in the quarter, raining three-pointers to get the Wizards back in the game. In the end, though, the Wizards' defense couldn't hold up, and the Knicks were able to pull away for a 112-91 win that was closer than the final score indicated.
The bottom line for the Wizards is that they couldn't get stops. They went to a zone defense that worked for a while, but the Knicks picked it apart in the fourth quarter for easy layups, threes and dunks. It's a gimmick defense that worked for a while, but the Knicks eventually figured it out. Throw in JaVale McGee's foul trouble, and the Wizards had no chance, not with the Knicks' ability to shoot the ball.
Andray Blatche led the Wizards with 22 points, but only six of those came after the first quarter. Arenas had 18 points in total, while Wall had 13 points, seven assists and nine turnovers. Six Knicks players scored in double figures, led by Toney Douglas, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire added 18, and Danilo Gallinari had 16.
The Wizards are now 1-3, while the Knicks are 3-2.