The Knicks were unable to summon up any final dose of magic against the Wizards on Monday.
John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star Guard duo helped Washington convert a first-half 11-point hole into a 15. In the final few minutes, the Knicks lost another in the Garden when losing 110-107 angry comeback deployment.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points, Damyean Dotson 17 and Enes Kanter 13 points 16 rebounds, but the Knicks (8-17) shot out only 30.4 percent (14 of 46) in the second half. They trailed 15 with 3:33 points before the next 12 points were scored, but Wall combined a right-arrow from the right (110-104) and 11 seconds before the end.
Beal led all scorers with 27 points. Wall contributed 1
Rookie Kevin Knox missed eight of eleven shots for eight points, and guard Frank Ntilikina did not play straight match in the second year for the Knicks, who will be visiting Boston on Thursday.
Courtney Lee made his first appearance this season after missing the first 23 games with a neck injury and was unable to beat Milwaukee on Saturday. In 16 minutes he finished with seven points, but clattered 2:07 minutes before the end.
Despite Knox's best performance of 26 points in Saturday's outstanding win over the Bucks on Saturday, Knicks coach David Fizdale responded with "not yet" asked before the game if he was considering the ninth overall victory of this year's draft back into the grid bring to.
The Knicks have instead decided to start after eight games with the current veteran lineup – with Kanter, Noah Vonleh and Mario Hezonja.
"Do not hold on to it. … Right now we're in a good place where the boys start to settle in and play decent basketball, "said Fizdale. "Together we play a little better. So for now, yes, I think we're starting to go in a different direction and starting to get at least a little rhythm for the groups we put out there.
"But I do not like putting anything up. We have too many people, too many young people. I have people sitting right where I know they are [champing] in a hurry to get back there. So I will not cut competitiveness and the guys feel they can not get back into rotation because that's not the facts. You can … but my top priority is to get the team to a place where everyone or most of the group feels they can play in a good way. "
The Wizards have now come up with an enigmatic record of 9-14, but they still have in Wall and Beal what Fizdale calls the" Top Five Backcourt "in the NBA.
"Obviously, they have caused pain to many people." Fizdale said. "It starts with the competition and really focuses every possession on them. You understand the board and you know who you are defending … and then of course you need all five guys on the court if you have two guys on the court.
The All-Star duo scored 14 points in the opening quarter, but the Knicks' start unit made a six-point cushion for 28 of 32 points in the session.
The Knicks lead In the second half, it was even eleven, and Hardaway scored seven points in the half, giving them a 61-52 advantage over the break. In the third round, however, they shot empty – missing 19 of the first 22 shots – so that the Wizards could take a 28-8 binge and a 86-80 lead in the last 12 minutes.