John Wall scored 21 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-96 National Basketball Association victory against the New York Knicks.
Washington (13-35), which won its second straight game, is in fourth place among the five teams in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division, 20 games behind the conference-leading Miami Heat. The Knicks (31-16) top the Atlantic Division, three games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (29-20), who defeated the Detroit Pistons 93-90.
Trevor Ariza had 20 points and Martell Webster scored 19 for the Wizards last night on their home court at the Verizon Center.
Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and Amar’e Stoudemire contributed 19 for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler, who had tied a franchise record with three straight games of 20 or more rebounds, had 13 rebounds for New York.
At The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Brook Lopez scored 17 points and Joe Johnson added 16 as the Nets rallied from a six-point halftime deficit.
Greg Monroe had 23 points and 10 rebounds while reserve Will Bynum added 13 points for the Pistons (18-32) who are fourth in the conference’s five-team Central Division, 13 games behind the Indiana Pacers.