By Max Marcilla
Knicks 101 Wizards 102
On a night when the Knicks received news that PG Pablo Prigioni would be out for at least two weeks, a last second loss just put salt in the wounds of an already mentally distraught Knick team.
Going into halftime, the Knicks were shooting a woeful 32% (29% on 3-point attempts), but much like the Atlanta game the giveaways by Washington kept them in the game.
The third quarter got off to a dreadful start, as the Knicks fell behind by as much as 15.
And then, J.R. Smith rose from the dead in the least likely of circumstances.
Smith hit two big three-pointers that catapulted the Knicks on a big 20-5 run in the third to tie the game, and eventually the Knicks took the lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Knicks were moving the ball back and forth, and the Knicks were in control… until they fell apart.
With 24.5 seconds left, Beno Udrih made one of two free throws to give the Knicks a one-point lead, but then was the victim of a Bradley Beal drive on the other end of the floor. With a foul to give, the Udrih wasn’t able to keep Beal in front of him, and Beal drove and made a lay-up to give Washington a 102-101 lead.
Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the Knicks were “expecting a timeout,” but it never came. Not from Coach Woodson, not from Carmelo Anthony, and not from any of the other four Knicks on the court. Melo ran up the court, heaved an almost impossible three at the buzzer, and missed.
The Knicks are now 7-17, and the concern for New York is at an all-time high. Players sounded “shook to the core” in the locker room, Carmelo Anthony threw his headband in agony after the very tough to handle loss, and the Coach Woodson’s hot seat is hotter than ever.
The loss has got to make the Knick fans think, what more can the Knicks do. Anthony put up one of his best games (32 points on just 20 shots, with 4 assists and 3 blocks), and J.R Smith finally started to break out of his slump, hitting 4-three pointers.
Luckily for New York, one of the few teams worse than them, the Bucks will be hosting the Knicks. The Bucks enter with 5-19 record.