WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards capped a winning week with something akin to a road victory on their home court. Forward Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks cannot triumph these days no matter where they play.
Washington took the lead for good during a 19-7 third quarter run and fended off New York's attempted rallies in the fourth. Last season the Wizards did not pick up their fifth win until Jan. 7 after an infamous 4-28 start.
The Knicks endured that early second half lull despite many in the crowd of 18,089 vocally rooting on the visitors. The partisan cheers spurred on the home team.
"Whenever we play some of those high caliber teams with superstars, it's usually an away game for us at home," Webster said. "But we love it, we love the atmosphere because it gives us a chance to shut up those fans."
Wall's torrid shooting took care of the rest. He made his first seven field-goal attempts, six in the first quarter, and 10 of 18 overall. In Friday's 96-88 loss at Toronto, Wall scored 37 points on 15-for-21 shooting. The four-year veteran had never scored 30 points in back-to-back games.
"Just comfortable with my jump shot," Wall said about his improved shooting touch. "I know teams are going to continue to go under (picks) and tonight I was making shots."
Anthony's jumper pulled New York closer at 81-78 early in the fourth quarter. Webster countered with two 3-pointers and forward Jan Vesely provided rare bench points with a fast-break dunk for an 89-80 lead with 6:14 remaining.
"This is tough for anybody to go through, especially games we believe we should be winning," Anthony said.
"I gotta do what I gotta do," Wittman said. "We've got to win games."
Off since Wednesday's loss to Indiana, the veteran Knicks looked rather spry in the first half and entered halftime with a 52-49 lead. Anthony scored 13 points and forward Amar'e Stoudamire made all five of his field-goal attempts for 10 of 12 points. Both teams shot exactly 50 percent from the field, but the Knicks cratered to under 37 percent after halftime.
NOTES: The Knicks played a third straight game without PG Raymond Felton (lower back/left hip injury). ... Wizards starting SF Trevor Ariza (strained right hamstring) missed his fifth consecutive game while reserve F Al Harrington (sore right knee) sat out for the sixth straight game. ... Wizards SG Bradley Beal sank six 3-pointers in Wednesday's win at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Washington's top scorer and the NBA's leader in minutes played per game is one of four players to make at least six 3-pointers in multiple games this season. The teams will meet three times this season with the next two in New York. ... The Knicks' road swing heads west for three games, starting against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. ... The Wizards are off until Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.