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Question of the Day
NEW YORK — In three straight games against quality opponents, the Washington Wizards erased fourth-quarter leads and stormed back to earn victories.
The Wizards fell behind by 22 points in the first half and trailed by five points going into the fourth quarter.
“That’s no excuse for us. I was very disappointed. I told our guys after the game that this is no excuse,” Jordan said. “We have to find a way to summon up a lot of concentration and a lot of energy, and we need to get something from our bench.”
Despite falling behind early, the Wizards — who didn’t have Antonio Daniels in the starting lineup because of a sore knee — fought back into the game and remained within striking distance for most of the second half.
But whenever they tried to make a push, the Knicks had an answer.
“We said before the game that this can be a very dangerous team,” Jordan said of the Knicks, who improved to 11-26 behind a game-high 29 points from Jamal Crawford. “They have some people who can break you down, and that’s what they did. They are a very dangerous team when they get things going.”
New York placed six players in double figures. They shot the ball better than the Wizards (51.2 percent to 39.5), and they had twice as many assists (26).
Before the game, Jordan told his players he would go to the bench early because he wanted to give his starters some extra rest.
But Jordan was not pleased with the reserves’ effort. Nick Young, Darius Songaila, Andray Blatche and Dominic McGuire were a combined 3-for-14 from the field.
“We don’t come off with energy, with concentration, so there is no excuse,” Jordan said of the reserves. “We have five or six guys who didn’t play a lot of minutes the last three or four games. If we are going to be an 11- or 12-man team, then we’ve got to get the last six guys to get up and play.”
With 6:12 left in the half, New York’s Nate Robinson connected on a 3-pointer that gave New York a 41-19 lead.
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