|New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis, bottom left, and Kevin Seraphin, top right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)|
Anthony's 3 helps Knicks keep Wizards winless
WASHINGTON—Carmelo Anthony made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15.5 seconds to play and scored 37 points, and the New York Knicks rallied for a 99-96 victory on Friday night that kept the Washington Wizards winless.
Amare Stoudemire added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 15 boards in the Knicks' seventh straight victory over the Wizards.
New York, which had lost four of five, trailed by 15 points early in the second quarter before Anthony and Stoudemire went to work. They scored 22 of the Knicks' 24 points in the quarter.
Nick Young scored 24 points and John Wall had 22 points and nine assists in the closest loss during the worst start in franchise history.
New York led 95-87 with 3:32 to play, but Wall made a layup with 40 seconds left for a 96-95 Washington lead.
After Anthony's 3-pointer, New York called time. Wall missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left, and after an offensive rebound, Chris Singleton missed a jumper. The Knicks' Iman Shumpert missed the second of two free throws, and the Knicks led 99-96 with 2.8 seconds to play. Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Washington had lost its first six by an average of 13.1 points, with the closest being six points.
The Wizards had 23 turnovers. New York had 20.
Before the game, Washington coach Flip Saunders referred to the game as a "must play well."
His team played well -- for a quarter -- leading 32-18 after one. Washington shot 58.3 percent -- nearly 20 percent over its season average. Young and Wall combined for 22 points. The 32 points were the most Washington scored in any quarter this season and they temporarily enjoyed their first double-digit lead since the second quarter of their first game.
In the second, with Anthony and Stoudemire dominating, the Knicks cut the Wizards' lead to 47-46 at halftime. The Knicks scored the final nine points of the half and trailed only because Anthony missed a jumper a few seconds before the half.
Anthony, the league's second-leading scorer, had 13 in the second quarter. Stoudemire had 11.
Young and Wall each missed all four shots from the field they took in a combined 19 minutes in the quarter. Washington committed nine turnovers in the quarter.
In the third quarter, New York took a 66-57 lead with 4:56 to play, but Washington scored nine straight points to tie it at 66-all. The Knicks led 72-69 after three.
NOTES: New York coach Mike D'Antoni kept Toney Douglas and Landry Fields as his starting backcourt. For now, Shumpert, a rookie, will keep coming off the bench. "You have to be careful grasping at straws. There is no evidence that would work," D'Antoni said of the possible lineup change at Friday's shootaround. ... Washington rookie F Jan Vesely, who missed the first six games with a sore right hip, was active for the first time. He did not play. ... Wizards C/F Ronny Turiaf walked around with a cast on his broken left hand, but he declined comment on the injury suffered on Jan. 1.