One night its John Wall. Another its Martell Webster. Wednesday it was Trevor Ariza and Chris Singleton. Balanced scoring and team defense were the keys in the Wizards 106-96 win over the New York Knicks.
Ariza came off the bench and knocked down 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in route to a season high 20 points. After playing a total of 24 minutes in the month of January, Chris Singleton had his third straight productive game scoring 10 points and playing solid defense against a high scoring Knicks squad.
“My time on the bench everybody was trying to encourage me,” said Singleton who has played sparingly this season after starting 57 games last year. “The coaches told me what I needed to work on and just be ready for the moment.”
Singleton was one of six Wizards who scored in double figures with none scoring more than John Wall’s 21. Their balanced scoring attack is a blessing and curse. While opponents can’t focus on stopping a single player the Wizards don’t have a player who they can count on for 20 points night in and night out. The Knicks don’t have that problem. Carmelo Anthony is arguably the most gifted scorer in the NBA. He scored a game high 31 points but the Wizards forced him to take 23 shots to get there.
“He’s a load,” said Ariza. “He gets automatic buckets. Anytime you can make somebody shoot more shots than they usually would to score that’s a good thing.”
New York came in averaging 101 points per game but in holding them to 96 the Wizards have now held their last seven opponents under the century mark.
This win proved the Wizards are learning how to deal with adversity. After leading by as many as 11 the Knicks went on a 21-7 run in the third quarter taking a three point lead into the fourth. But Washington opened the final stanza on a 12-2 run of their own.
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