Mike Miller Leads Wizards Over Knicks 106-96


WASHINGTON — Mike Miller scored a season-high 25 points — including seven 3-pointers — and Antawn Jamison had 21 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 106-96 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Miller, who missed 26 games due to injuries this season, had four 3-pointers late in the third quarter and early in the fourth as the Wizards took an 85-73 lead with 10:45 to play in the fourth quarter.

On Friday, Washington had a one-point win over the New Jersey Nets despite all five of its starters failing to score in double figures for the first time since Dec. 27, 2001.

Miller, who was acquired in a trade with Minnesota in June, missed 19 games with a strained right calf, was one 3-pointer away from the franchise high. The Wizards equaled their season high with 11 3-pointers.

Washington raced to a 36-19 first quarter lead — its largest margin after one quarter this season, grabbing 18 rebounds.

For the game, the Wizards had a season-high 59 rebounds. They were outscored 25-14 in the second quarter when they missed 18 of their 24 shots.

Danilo Gallinari and Jared Jeffries hit 3-pointers to tie the game at 50 to start the second half. A 12-1 Washington run gave the Wizards a 64-53 lead, and then Miller went to work and Washington ended its four-game losing streak at home.

It's been a roller-coaster week for the Knicks, who've lost four of their last five. Last Sunday, they suffered their worst home loss in history, a 50-point embarrassment to Dallas. They followed it with a 27-point win over Minnesota and a two-point loss to Toronto.

David Lee, who found out this week he didn't make the All-Star team, led the Knicks with 24 points. He scored the last 12 points for the Knicks in the third quarter, but failed to record a double-double for the first time in his past eight games. Jeffries had 17.

Knicks F Al Harrington, the team's second-leading scorer, did not play due to a sore right knee. … New York G Larry Hughes, a former teammate of the suspended Gilbert Arenas, thinks that Arenas will again play in Washington. "When things go bad, you always get mad at the authority, but I think it will blow over. I think he'll be back here." … Miller also recorded a season high with eight assists. … A fan wore an Arenas jersey with "GIL-TY" taped above Arenas' name.

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