“Linsanity” came to Washington tonight as the New York Knicks defeated the Wizards by a score of 107 to 93.
Now on to the recap. . .
- Jeremy Lin got off in this game and proved that he’s a pretty good player. After a slow start he began to control the game in the 2nd and 3rd quarters when the Knicks outscored Washington 60 to 45.
- Bill Walker and Jared Jeffries started tonight in place of Carmelo Anthony (groin injury) and Amar’e Stoudemire (death in the family) for New York.
- Only two Wizards players showed up tonight. John Wall and Trevor Booker.
- John Wall scored 29 points and had 6 assists. Over the past week he’s done a far better job finishing at the rim, and tonight he got to the rim and finished on three “And 1” plays.
- Trevor Booker made 8 of his 11 shots from the field and had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Tonight he showcased a jump shot — he made two in the first half — and some nice post moves. He and John Wall were the only two Wizards to score in double figures.
- Besides Wall and Booker, the other three Wizards starters (Nick Young, JaVale McGee, and Chris Singleton) combined for 21 points, 2 assists, and 13 fouls.
- Once again Jan Vesely struggled with foul trouble. He picked up 3 fouls in his first six minutes and finished 5 fouls in his fifteen minutes of playing time.
- For the second straight game, Mo Evans got playing time in the first quarter.
- Rashard Lewis missed his second straight game with sore knees.
- The Wizards combined for 12 assists as a team, half by John Wall.
- In the second quarter the Wizards failed to guard Steve Novak on the three point line when he converted on five 3-pointers. He finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds.
- Tyson Chandler — who has averaged 11.4 points per game prior to tonight — had 25 points while adding 11 rebounds for good measure.
- After having some nice games recently, Kevin Seraphin stunk it up tonight. He shot two air-balls and had 3 fouls in nine minutes of playing time.
- And once again the Wizards pick-and-roll defense was terrible, as was the help defense. As evidence of this play.
The fact remains that John Wall got only of his teammates to show up tonight and got no help from anyone else.
Next up for the Wizards are the Miami Heat on Friday night at the Verizon Center.