On Tuesday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (51-26) defeated the Washington Wizards (29-49) 120-99. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 36 points on 13-21 shooting from the floor. He also added eight rebounds and had six assists. He did not play in the fourth quarter (Rest).
J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each scored 17 points off the bench. Copeland shot 6-11 from the field with a team high nine rebounds while Smith was 7-14 from the floor adding two rebounds.
John Wall led the Wizards in scoring with 33 points on 11-19 from the floor and 11-14 from the line. He had three rebounds and three assists and was a -27. Cartier Martin was second on the Wizards with 16 points.
The Knicks clinched the Atlantic Division for the first time since 1993-1994 and have clinched home court in the first round for the first time since since 2001.
Kenyon Martin left the game in the fourth quarter with what the Knicks called a sprained left ankle, X-Rays taken at the arena came back negative.
Carmelo Anthony tied a franchise record with five consecutive 35-point games. It had been done previously by Bernard King. His 203 points in the past five games is the 3rd most by a Knicks player in that time span in franchise history.
The Knicks tied the franchise record for three pointers in a game with 20. They shot 20-36 from the floor which is good for 56% while the Wizards shot 8-20 from three (40%).
The Knicks bench outscored the Wizards bench 49-36. The Knicks as a team also out rebounded the Wizards 39-38 and added 26 assists to the Wizards 18.
The Knicks lead the Pacers in the race for the Number Two seed by 2.5 games (three in the loss column) and the magic number to clinch the two seed is three games.
Coming up next the Knicks, go back on the road for the beginning of the final four games in five nights stretch of the season as they will take on Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and the Chicago Bulls. The game is on Thursday at 8:00 pm and can be seen on MSG and TNT.