Knicks spoil Gilbert Arenas’ return with win over Wizards

5 Nov

Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas pump fakes his Knicks defender before passing the ball off during the first quarter. Arenas scored 18 points playing in his first game since Jan. 5. Toney Douglas (FSY) and Raymond Felton (FSY) lack the speed of John Wall (FSY) or the shooting of Gilbert Arenas (FSY).
But on the night the Washington Wizards finally got their guards together, the game belonged to the New York Knicks’ duo.

Douglas had 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, Felton added 13 points and 10 assists, and the Knicks spoiled Arenas’ return to NBA action with a 112-91 victory Friday night.

Knicks 112, Wizards 91

The Knicks’ point guard combo outplayed the more heralded duo of No. 1 draft pick Wall and Arenas, who played in his first regular-season game in 10 months. And the Knicks’ guards had much more help up front, with Amare Stoudemire (FSY) scoring 18 points and Danilo Gallinari (FSY) chipping in 16.

“We come out here to play basketball. I don’t look at nobody like, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s Gilbert Arenas, oh my goodness, that’s the first pick, John Wall,'” Felton said. “I look at it as he’s another person just like I am. Puts his pants on just like I do. That don’t mean nothing to me.”

Douglas followed his career-best, 30-point outing Thursday, when the Knicks made 16 of 24 three-pointers in a 120-112 victory at Chicago, with another strong game, and fellow reserve Wilson Chandler (FSY) scored 14 points.

Wall sported gold sneakers for his regular-season debut at the building where he was picked first overall in June. But his game wasn’t particularly shiny, especially compared to the 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals he had Tuesday in the Wizards’ home-opening victory over Philadelphia.

The rookie from Kentucky finished with 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting. He had seven assists but turned it over nine times.

“I’m a leader, I’ve got to be a better leader and a better decision maker for my team,” Wall said. “To win games I’ve got to keep the turnovers down.”

He was joined in the backcourt at times by Arenas, who missed the first three games with an ankle injury and played in the regular season for the first time since Jan. 5, before he was suspended the final 50 games for carrying guns into the Verizon Center locker room.

Arenas scored 18 points, 14 in the final quarter to help Washington briefly make it close.
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