Knicks beat Wiz in OT

Knicks 113, Wizards 100, OT
February 19, 2008 7:17:53 PM PST
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jamal Crawford added 21 points and the New York Knicks broke a franchise record by scoring 23 points in overtime of a 113-100 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.Three-pointers from Nate Robinson and Quentin Richardson and a pair of dunks from David Lee at the start of the extra period helped the Knicks pull away to win for only the second time in 11 games. New York broke the team mark of 19 overtime points, set in a victory over Detroit in 1964.

Robinson, Richardson and Lee each finished with 19 points for the Knicks, who rallied from a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit. They had been 0-3 in overtime games this season.

Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who have lost nine of 10.

On an evening when the Verizon Center had all the atmosphere of a local town gym hosting a rec game - the referees barely had to blow the whistle to be heard in the upper bowl - the teams went through the motions for 3½ quarters. They showed rust from the All-Star break by starting a combined 3-for-16 from the field - 1-for-8 for the Wizards and 2-for-8 for the Knicks.

Then again, neither team had done much to generate any excitement recently. The Wizards entered the All-Star weekend in a 1-8 slump, while the Knicks were on a 1-9 skid that has them buried in the cellar of the Atlantic Division. All-Star forward Caron Butler missed his sixth consecutive game for Washington - the Wizards are 2-8 when he doesn't suit up - and Gilbert Arenas is still weeks away from returning from knee surgery.

The Wizards led 81-72 with 7:30 to play, but the Knicks went on an 8-0 amble - six points came off free throws - to cut the lead to 81-80 with 5 minutes left. Jamison came to life with a scoop shot and a baseline jumper, and Roger Mason made two free throws after getting fouled attempting a layup in transition to push the lead back to seven. Mason's free throws were the first and only fast-break points scored by the Wizards in the second half.

But the Knicks ended regulation with an 8-1 run. Robinson's 3-pointer cut the lead to one with 1:23 to play. After misses at both ends, Jamison threw a wild pass in traffic that was picked off by Richardson, who started a fast break. Crawford was fouled attempting a layup and made a free throw, tying the game at 90 with 19.5 seconds remaining.

The Wizards held the ball for the last shot of regulation, but the crowd that had sat on its hands all game didn't rise to its feet until the clock hit 5 seconds, just before Antonio Daniels missed a 17-footer that meant 5 more minutes of basketball.

Neither team led by more than six in a first half that produced only six fast-break points combined. Randolph scored 17 points in the half, helping to compensate for the Knicks' 10 turnovers. Rookie Nick Young provided a spark for the Wizards in both halves and finished with 12 points.

The Knicks' nadir came when Fred Jones, the trailer on a fast break, missed badly attempting a flying one-handed dunk. The Wizards built a nine-point lead, but New York ended the quarter with a 6-0 run and trailed 70-67 going into the fourth.