After turning a 13-point second-half deficit into a tie game, the Knicks faltered late as they lost to the Washington Wizards 108-95 on Sunday at Capital One Arena.
Things to know about Sunday's game
1. The Knicks trailed 77-64 with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter but went on an 18-5 run, capped by a Trey Burke layup, to tie the game at 82. But Washington's Jason Smith scored a layup to start a 16-4 run that would ice the game for the Wizards.
2. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored just seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, while Enes Kanter had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for New York, which fell to 3-7.
3. John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points, while Bradley Beal added 22. Dwight Howard scored 10 points and brought down 10 boards.
4. The Knicks trailed 24-17 at the end of the first quarter and 58-50 at halftime. They made just 5 of 26 3-point attempts.
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Once again, the Knicks fell short despite a hard-fought and resilient effort. One thing to note was how bad the officiating was tonight. The Knicks clearly got some bad calls against them throughout the game. They let it affect them, and it got to Mitchell Robinson in the fourth quarter on a technical foul. The final score isn't truly indicative of how close the game was, but the Knicks clearly ran out of gas late and couldn't do much of anything offensively.
Their offense was stagnant for most of the game. They struggled early on and it plagued them late in the game. Frank Ntilikina couldn't make wide open shots behind the arc. Hardaway hurt his back in the first half, but returned. He was off all night as well, shooting just 2-for-10 from the field and finishing with a game-worst plus-minus differential of minus-21. The Knicks are going to need more offensive production from Emmanuel Mudiay, whose shot has continued to look flat so far this season.
It was clear the Knicks would have plenty of nights in which they'd have trouble scoring, and this was one of those games. It's nice to see them fight back, but when Hardaway isn't knocking down shots, they need other guys to step up. Nobody did so on Sunday. When Kanter leads the team with 18 points, they're going to have a lot of trouble winning. On the bright side, they are a game closer to getting Kevin Knox back, who should return sometime this week.
The Knicks have another set of back-to-back games when they face the Chicago Bulls at home on Monday at 7:30 p.m.