WHAT IT MEANS: For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Knicks can call themselves division champs.
New York clinched the Atlantic Division title on Tuesday with a 120-96 win over the Washington Wizards. It's their first division crown since 1994. The win also extended the team's winning streak to 13 games.
But the win may have come at a cost for the Knicks. Kenyon Martin left the game with a left ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. He appeared to be in significant pain. The team said X-rays for Martin came back negative.
STREAKING: The Knicks' 13-game winning streak is the third-longest in franchise history. In 1994, they won 15 straight.
In 1972-73, New York won a franchise-record 18 in a row.
They made the NBA Finals in both seasons, winning the title in 1973.
MELO-MANIA: Anthony had another efficient night from the floor, hitting 13 of 24 shots, including three of four 3s. He has scored at least 35 points in the last five games, tying a franchise record set by Hall of Famer Bernard King.
He may have also given himself some breathing room in the race for the NBA scoring title. He entered play .09 points per game ahead of Kevin Durant, who was also in action on Tuesday.
THREE-FOR-ALL: It's fitting that the Knicks relied on the same shot they've leaned on all year -- the 3-pointer -- to clinch the division crown.
New York came out on fire from beyond the arc, hitting nine of 12 3s in the first quarter. Washington, meanwhile, had just eight field goals in the quarter as the Knicks jumped out to a 13-point lead. They hit three more 3s in the second quarter to set a season-high for 3s in the first half and finished 20, tying a franchise record.
Shumpert, Copeland and Steve Novak each had four 3s. The Knicks have won 10 straight home games against Washington.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks play at Chicago on Thursday and at Cleveland on Friday.