Tyson Chandler held the box score in his hands, stared at it for a few seconds and shook his head in disgust. Amar’e Stoudemire was a little more tech-savvy, studying film on his iPad as two assistant coaches, Jim Todd and Darrell Walker, looked over his shoulder and pointed at the screen.
The scene of frustration and confusion inside the Knicks’ locker room would perhaps make more sense if the opponent was, say, the Miami Heat or the Oklahoma City Thunder. But this was the Washington Wizards that Mike Woodson’s team couldn’t stop in the fourth quarter, a losing club that defeated the Knicks, 106-96, by scoring 36 points in the final 12 minutes. “We can’t win the game giving up 36 points, especially down the stretch,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks (31-16) had their five-game winning streak snapped.
“It’s usually the other way around. We’re definitely one of the better teams in the second half. You can’t beat a team, I don’t care who it is, giving up 36 points in the fourth quarter.”
The new and improved John Wall torched the Knicks for 10 points in the final period, or two more than Anthony scored. In the last 10 minutes, the Knicks scored 21 points but never made it a one-possession game because they simply couldn’t make stops.
“We knew the plays they were running and we just didn’t work hard enough to stop them,” said Chandler, who failed to grab at least 20 rebounds for the first time in four games. “The dribble penetration by John Wall hurt us all night. For whatever reason as a team we did not rotate on defense, nor switch like we normally do off of the pick and roll.”
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NY Knicks get torn apart by improved John Wall in fourth quarter, lose to Washington Wizards
New York Daily News | Feb 7