John Wall got the message. He played better Friday against the New York Knicks.

Unfortunately for him, the Wizards lost their second game in a row 96-88 at Verizon Center. Power forward Nene has missed both games with a shoulder injury.

“I feel like I lost the game for us, a couple turnovers in the fourth quarter in transition,” said Wall, who had a game-high five giveaways, including two of the Wizards’ four in the last five minutes when they trailed at one point 87-86. “Sometimes the calls go your way and sometimes they don’t. I put the game on my hands.”

Wall had seven turnovers in just 24 minutes of a 96-95 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

The Wizards played more inspired this time, after coach Randy Wittman blasted his players for questioning his rotation and their minutes during the loss to Detroit.

Friday’s game featured four technical foul calls and bodies frequently spilling to the floor. The effort was there, but the execution down the stretch was not.

Wall finished with 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting and six assists. In his previous three games he was just 10-for-30 shooting.

“The last couple of games I turned it over too much and was being passive,” he said. “I wanted to be more aggressive.”