Rapid Reaction: Wizards 98, Knicks 89

WASHINGTON -- Maybe Knicks owner James Dolan should start guaranteeing wins again.

That seems to be the only way his basketball team can get a victory these days.

New York lost again Saturday, falling to John Wall and the Wizards 98-89.

The Knicks have lost five straight and are 3-9, tied with the Brooklyn Nets for last place in the Atlantic Division.

New York's last win was on Nov. 13 against Atlanta, three days after Dolan told an audience watching his blues band that the Knicks would win their next game.

The Great Wall: The Knicks have had trouble defending point guards all season long. Saturday night was no different.

Washington's Wall hit his first six shots from the field and finished 10-for-18 for a game-high 31 points. He handed out the ball for seven assists and had two steals. Wall also turned it over seven times.

Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni, just like most point guards in the league, had a tough time staying in front of him. The Knicks tried to put Iman Shumpert on Wall periodically, but he had his hands full with Bradley Beal (18 points).

Four Washington starters had at least 16 points.

Bad night for J.R.: The Knicks got to within four points in the fourth quarter, but J.R. Smith hurt them down the stretch, missing all four of his free throws and committing two costly defensive mistakes that led to Washington baskets.

Amar'e invisible late: Amar'e Stoudemire had a season-high 12 points, but just two came in the second half. Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 12 rebounds. He went 9-for-19 from the field.

Andrea Bargnani struggled from the field as well. He had 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

The Knicks went just 11-for-29 from beyond the arc. The Wizards hit four of six 3s in the fourth as New York's defense allowed several costly open looks.

New York made just six free throws.

What's next? The Knicks head to the West Coast to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

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