Fourth Quarter Unfiltered Thoughts/Observation:
-Lee makes amends for his miss at the end of the third with a nice baseline spin move to get up a scoring shot over Etan Thomas. I don't know if it was by design but I like that the team went right back to him.
-Roberson makes a quick drive along the baseline before the Washington defense gets set.
-As Tripucka puts the period on this sentence, "Knicks looking to get on a little defensive run here," this McGee character cans a shot from the foul line.
-Nate gets out on the break again and drops in a bucket as he's fouled by Juan Dixon. Oh, hi Mr. Dixon. Here's where you've been. I remember you.
-Nate makes exactly the sort of bounce pass that I harangued Duhon for not making. Lee gets fouled while laying it in.
-Lee misses the free throw following a timeout.
-The Wiz don't even know which mismatch to attack. Duhon on Butler? Nate on Nick Young? Or Lee trying to guard Jamison beyond the arc? After trying Butler over Duhon the Wiz grab the offensive board and Jamison sinks a three.
-The Wiz are flowing on offense. They're attacking. Roberson, meanwhile, is chucking. He hits the middle of three attempts on three straight possessions.
-Great, great, great fastbreak bucket by Jamison, who had to coral a dart of a pass as he sliced to the rim.
-Right off the bench, Crawford sends up a high-arching three pointer. It doesn't touch anything. Not rim. Not net. Until it bounces hard off the floor a few feet away from the goal. Air ball. Nice.
-Out of the timeout, Caron Butler gets a layup over Randolph to give the home team the lead.
-Duhon cans a three. He's playing his best game of the season. Easy. So far, I mean. I hope we don't look back at the end of April and say this was his best game. Ugh. Pretend I never said anything.
-Randolph misses a free throw. It feels like the Knicks have missed 17 of 12 from the line tonight.
-With less than four to play, Duhon passes to Randolph twenty feet from the rim on the left wing. He fades away and is way short on the shot. That's the Zach-hole I used to know.
-Phenomenal slice to the rim by Crawford. He hits and sprawls on the floor. That's what he needs. Get aggressive. Show us that okey-doke crossover and don't settle for jumpers.
-Again for Crawford, this time from deep. After showing he is a threat to penetrate he got a little more space and nailed the shot. It's a seven-point lead with three minutes to play.
-Heads-up bounce pass from Q to Z-Bo for a layup. It's a 10-0 run by the Knickerbockers.
-Jamison hits a three.
-The run is over. But the game is just beginning. I remember once, several years ago, hearing Reggie Miller say that all he ever wanted was for his team to be within six points when the game hit the two-minute mark. That's all he needed, he said. And, I believe him. That Jamison three makes it a six-point game as we dip under two minutes.
-The Knicks are chasing the ball around on defense. It's haphazard but it's spirited. I'll take it.
-Gus Johnson is doing his best to talk up Duhon tonight. The Dukie deserves it right now. I can admit that.
-The Knicks turn it over with 26.5 to play and an six-point lead. D'Antoni is unimpresed by this. He calls a timeout to inform his charges of his stance.
-In a shocking display of fatalism the Wizards opt not to foul the Knicks as the final ten seconds tick off the clock.
The Knicks have a winning record.
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