Well, that was some pre-season basketball! There were line-up experiments, rotation experiments, play-calling experiments, the usual funky shots that missed rim completely, shots that hit every part of the rim, shots that slammed off the backboard, mishandled passes, dribbles off feet and knees – all things typical of pre-season.
In what turned out to be a scrimmage before their nationally televised matchup with the Miami Heat on Sunday, the Knicks completely destroyed the Washington Wizards Friday night at MSG, 103-65. J.R. Smith led New York with 23 points and six assists off the bench. The Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford’s 17 points.
The Knicks needed to get off to a fast start against the Wizards, more specifically Raymond Felton needed to ingnite the team, and he did. The Knicks took advantage of the Wizards 9 first quarter turnovers to take a 33-26 lead after one.