Anybody who watched Toney Douglas a night earlier might question
him as the option for the final play.
The guard made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to give the
New York Knicks a 92-90 exhibition victory over the Washington
Wizards on Sunday night.
Less than 24 hours after going 0 for 5 in a loss to Boston,
Douglas scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes off the
”I just keep shooting. I don’t let that bother me. It’s
preseason,” Douglas said. ”I’m confident enough to know that I’ll
be in the gym, I work out, so if I miss five, I shoot the next one
like I made five.”
Amare Stoudemire added 18 points and seven rebounds after
sitting out to rest the previous night. Timofey Mozgov scored 12
points and Wilson Chandler had 10, but starting forward Danilo
Gallinari missed all seven shots and had only one point.
Washington rookie John Wall had 19 points, six assists and five
rebounds in the building where he was the No. 1 pick in the draft,
but he was sitting along with all the other starters as the backups
decided this one.
After Landry Fields tied it for the Knicks with a jumper with 26
seconds left, New York got the ball back after a Washington miss.
Ronny Turiaf found Douglas cutting to the hoop, and he made both
after he was fouled.
Yi Jianlian missed a long jumper at the buzzer for Washington,
which led by 11 at halftime and gave almost all of it back by the
end of the third quarter.
”The main thing is that we have to have a better third
quarter,” Wall said. ”We really have to have the same focus we
had at the beginning of the game in the third quarter.”
Washington was without Gilbert Arenas, who has a strained right
groin that’s also expected to sideline him Tuesday night in the
Wizards’ exhibition finale against Detroit.
Yi and Al Thornton each scored 12 points for the Wizards. Andray
Blatche added 11 and JaVale McGee finished with 10 points, six
rebounds and six blocked shots.
The Knicks were sluggish in the first half after losing to
Boston a night earlier in Hartford, shooting 37.5 percent and
falling behind by 11. They surged back into it in the third quarter
behind Stoudemire before the benches took over.
”First time we played back-to-back, I thought a couple guys
just didn’t have their concentration going on and we can just find
that malaise that we’ve seen a little bit,” Knicks coach Mike
D’Antoni said. ”But second half they competed. They got after it,
and in this league that’s half the battle if you just compete every
night, so hopefully we can do that.”
The Wizards shot 54.5 percent in the first quarter, taking a
25-22 lead when Wall sped down the court after a Knicks basket and
was credited with a layup on a goaltending goal with 0.3 seconds
It was tied at 44 before Washington ran off the final 11 points
of the second quarter. Kirk Hinrich and Blatche hit consecutive
3-pointers before Wall converted a three-point play. McGee blocked
two shots during the burst, then capped the scoring for the half
with a dunk for a 55-44 advantage.
Stoudemire scored 10 points in the third, helping the Knicks
rally to tie it at 70 in the closing minutes before Washington took
a 74-73 lead to the fourth, and neither team led by more than three
in the final period.