Washington Wizards (14-44) at New York Knicks (30-28)
Friday, April 13, 2012
-Tonight’s game is the third and final meeting of the season between the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks. The Knicks currently lead the season series, 2-0.
-Last game versus Orlando...The Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic, 93-85, on April 10th at Verizon Center...Kevin Seraphin posted career-highs in points (24) and rebounds (13)...Jordan Crawford scored 21 points, to go along with four assists and four rebounds...John Wall tallied 15 points and seven assists...James Singleton and Cartier Martin each added 12 points...Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 19 points.
-Last time versus New York…The Wizards fell to the New York Knicks, 107-93, on February 8th at Verizon Center...John Wall led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-21 from the field and six assists... Trevor Booker scored 17 points on 8-of-11 from the field to go along with seven rebounds... Tyson Chandler led the Knicks with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
-Kevin Seraphin has scored 10 or more points in seven consecutive starts at center. The last starting Wizards center to score 10 or more points in seven straight was JaVale McGee who scored 10 or more in seven straight from March 23-April 3 of 2011. The last Washington player to score 10 or more points in eight consecutive starts at center was Gheorghe Muresan. Muresan scored 10 or more points in eight consecutive starts from March 6-18 of 1997.
-John Wall’s 52 blocks on the season are second in the NBA among guards behind Portland’s Nicolas Batum (58). The 52 blocks by Wall are the most by a Washington guard since Phil Chenier’s 58 blocks during the 1974-75 season.
-Wall is averaging 25.5 points and 7.5 assists in two games versus the Knicks this season.
-Wall is averaging 18.0 points, 7.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in five career games versus the Knicks.
-Wizards-Knicks connections...Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hails from Baltimore, MD, and attended Towson Catholic High School in Towson, MD and went to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA… Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld was formerly the Knicks’ President and GM from 1991-99....Wizards forward Chris Singleton was teammates his freshman season (2008-2009) with Knicks guard Tony Douglas at Florida State University…Wizards guard Roger Mason, Jr. spent one full season with the Knicks (2010-2011) where he averaged 2.9 points, 0.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game…Knicks forward Jared Jeffries was drafted by Washington 11th overall in 2002, and averaged 6.1 points per game in 256 games for Washington from 2002-06.