NEW YORK — Nate Robinson scored 23 points, Al Harrington and Larry Hughes also put in double figures off the bench, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 106-85 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
David Lee had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Knicks avenge a 106-96 loss at Washington on Saturday. New York won for just the second time in seven games and avoided falling 12 games under .500 for the first time this season.
Harrington, back after a two-game absence with a sore left knee, scored 12 points, and Hughes returned from coach Mike D'Antoni's forgotten list to add 11 in just his third game since the new year.
Brendan Haywood and Nick Young each scored 15 points for the Wizards, who played without starting forward Caron Butler (bruised left knee). Butler was hurt Monday against Boston in the same collision that injured Celtics All-Star Paul Pierce.
Robinson started the second half for ineffective point guard Chris Duhon, who has struggled with his shot for weeks. Robinson scored six points in a stretch early in the fourth when New York pulled away, including a layup that made it 84-74 with 8:16 remaining.
Hughes, out of the rotation last month and critical of D'Antoni for the way he handled the demotion, played in just two of 15 games in January. But he showed little rust, knocking down a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and teaming with Harrington for consecutive baskets midway through the period.
Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler each scored 15 points for New York. Robinson finished with six rebounds and eight assists.
Washington led by nine early in the third quarter, but the Knicks rallied and took a one-point lead when Harrington hit consecutive 3-pointers. New York made 13 of 20 shots in the period and extended the lead to 72-65 when Hughes made a layup with 12 seconds left.
Lee was 5 for 5 for 10 points in the first quarter, which ended in a 22-all tie. He missed all three shots in the second, when the Knicks made only 39 percent, and Washington led 45-41 at halftime.
The Knicks honored Dick McGuire with a video tribute and a moment of silence before the game. McGuire, a Hall of Famer who spent 53 years in the organization as a player, coach and scout, died Wednesday. He was 84. … Washington has lost four in a row at New York. … The Wizards said Butler is day-to-day.
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