There as a possession late in the game that basically summed up the whole game. Up 86-83 with 3:59 left in the third quarter, New York’s David Lee went up for a shot that was blocked by Andray Blatche. Great, right? Nah. Tim Thomas grabs the rebound for New York, goes out and misses a 3-pointer. Dodged another bullet. Right? Nope. David Lee grabs the rebound, misses a layup, grabs a rebound, misses the putback, grabs yet ANOTHER rebound and is fouled by Andray Blatche, gets to the foul line and makes one of two foul shots.
That’s how it was up here at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Knicks had more offensive rebounds (19) than the Wizards had defensive rebounds (17). And as a whole, New York won the rebounding battle 33-29. They had 44 points in the paint to the Wizards’ 38, had 25 second-chance points to Washington‘s 12 and had 10 fastbreak points to Washington’s 2.
Nick Young again was on fire for the Wizards with yet another career high — for the third time in the last four games. His 33 points on13-for-17 shooting, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, led the Wizards. I don’t know what clicked for Nick, but whatever it was, it was good.
It’s just a shame he can’t enjoy it.
“I had another career high, but we keep losing, so this really hurts, man,” Nick said after the game.
The Wizards get another chance to redeem themselves Friday night when the Knicks come to Verizon Center for their fourth meeting of the season. But in three games now against the Wizards, New York is averaging 121.3 points a game. I think it’s safe to say the Knicks have the Wizards’ number.