Knicks Can't Beat the Wiz

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the Washington Wizards in a 96-89 victory over the New York Knicks at the Verizon Center for the finale of a home-and-home set.

Mike James added 19 points -- including a 5-for-7 showing from three-point range -- for the Wizards, who saw their six-game slide come to an end. Andray Blatche tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Nick Young dropped 13 points.

Al Harrington had 18 points for the Knicks, who failed to equal their season- high win streak of three games and squandered an opportunity to sweep the season series from the Wizards for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.

David Lee had 15 points and tied a career-high with 21 boards in defeat. Wilson Chandler gave 16 points and Chris Duhon 13 and eight assists.

The Wizards pulled to within a point on James' three-pointer at about the two-minute mark of the fourth, and then took an 88-87 lead as Young followed with a jumper.

Down the other end, Harrington's layup was no good which led to another three-pointer from James.

The stretch was part of a 15-0 run over the final 2 1/2 minutes that helped the Wizards take the game.

Washington was ahead 31-25 after the first quarter and led 49-37 at the break.

Chandler's two three-pointers put the finishing touches on an 11-2 New York run the Knicks used to open the third quarter. The surge brought the visitors within 51-48 with just under 10 minutes left in the frame.

Moments later, Duhon's three gave the Knicks a 55-54 lead.

The teams traded baskets and the lead seesawed for the rest of the third, before the Knicks took a 72-70 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Up by four midway through the fourth quarter, Jared Jeffries had a tip-in to give the Knicks an 85-79 lead.

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