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With 4:57 left, Washington had the lead when Butler scored on a layup to put his team up 103-102 and cap an 11-3 run. But the Knicks answered with a 3-pointer from Chris Duhon, who had 12 assists. The bucket put New York up 105-103 and ignited a 12-5 run to close the game.

“Everybody was making shots out there for their team,” Young said. “Not to make excuses, but they played well. It’s frustrating, but we’ve been in this situation before [after starting 0-5 last season].

“But we’ve been coming out a little flat. We just need to bring energy from the tip.”