The New York Knicks won their third straight game Friday night at Verizon Center in Washington,soldiering past the Wizards 96-88.At the same time,the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Dallas Mavericks 98-90,giving the Knicks a third game up on them in the Atlantic Division of the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony powered the Knicks ahead with his 30 points,6 rebounds and 3 assists.As well,he was the workhorse of the game,turning in 43 minutes of play.For the Wizards,Bradley Beal achieved a career high 29 points,11 rebounds and 2 assists,playing 39 minutes.
A crowd of 20,308 saw the Knicks bring their record up to 35-20,14-12 away,while the Wizards slumped to 18-39,13-17 at home.It was the penultimate game of the teams' four game season series.
Raymond Felton added 23 points,6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Knicks,and John Wall chipped in 16 points,3 rebounds and 6 assists to the Wizards' effort.
A PGA Tour rookie,American Luke Guthrie,23,shot an excellent second round nine under par 63 to lead the field at The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Garden,Florida on Friday.Fellow American Michael Thompson was second with an eight under par 65,while Boo Weekley and Canada's Graham Delaet shared third at seven under.
World number one Rory McIlroy generated controversy by quitting when his score reached seven over par and he was heading for missing the cut,saying I'm in a bad place mentally.His official excuse was wisdom tooth pain.
It's unfortunate,said his playing partner Ernie Els.I'm a great fan of Rory's,but I don't think that was the right thing to do.He's feeling terrible about it,I know he is.That's the last thing he wants to do is walk off.
It would have been McIlroy's second missed cut of the year,having also failed to make the grade at his season opener in Dubai.