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About New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards

With the New York Knicks members of the Atlantic Division and the Washington Wizards of the Southeast Division, these two franchises are part of the Eastern Conference.

Established in 1946 and 1961 respectively, both teams have a long storied history. The Knicks are one of the most decorated franchises in the league and were very successful in their early years as well as in the 1990’s, when they were playoff regulars.

The Wizards, on the other hand, have had periods of meager success followed by more promising periods. They have won one NBA title, four conference titles, and seven division titles. The 2016-17 season was one of the best for the Wizards in several years.

With the Wizards showing signs of promise and the Knicks struggling to regain their former glory, which team will have the upper hand in the upcoming NBA season?

Memorable Matchups between the Knicks and the Wizards

The Knicks and the Wizards may not be rivals but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had memorable matchups and moments on court. Here are some of the top interactions between the two teams.

The Knicks Top the Division after a Long Hiatus

April 9, 2013 – The Knicks hadn’t won the Atlantic Division Championship since 1994, and nobody was predicting that they would win it in 2013 either. Against all odds, the New York Knicks managed to reclaim the title once again by defeating the Washington Wizards at the Madison Square Garden 120-99. The game was significant because the Knicks set a franchise record of 20 three pointers scored in a single game by eight different players.

The Wizards Return to Form

January 19, 2017 – The Washington Wizards, after a long period of mediocrity, were finally returning to form. At Madison Square Garden, they continued their dominance. John Wall managed to score 29 points with 13 assists, securing the Wizards’ victory 113-110 with the final four points coming in the last 32 seconds of the game. However, the game ended controversially. During the final possession of the game by the Knicks, Courtney Lee passed up what looked like a wide open shot. The Knicks claimed to have been confused by Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe standing on the court during the play and allegedly impersonating a player. Lowe would be fined by the NBA for his actions.

A History of their Meetings

In the regular season, the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards have played one another a total of 294 times. Here are the statistics for the Knicks for all of those games.

Games Played Wins Losses Win %age Points Scored Points Allowed
294 168 126 .571 31230 30668

In the postseason, the Knicks and the Wizards have played against each other a total of 36 times. The Knicks have won 23 of those games while the Wizards have claimed victory a total of 13 times.

Top Players for the Knicks and the Wizards

The New York Knicks are one of the most popular teams in the NBA. Their popularity is in large part due to the incredible players that they have had over the years. This includes Walt Frazier, the best point guard the Knicks ever had. Frazier played for the New York Knicks from 1967-1977. During his stay he won two NBA Championships and became a 7 time NBA All Star. Patrick Ewing was the most important and popular player in Knicks history. He spent fifteen seasons with the Knicks earning 11 NBA All Star nods. Power forward/small forward Dave DeBusschere earned two NBA Championships during his tenure with the Knicks from 1968-1974. His career point average per game was 16.1 with 11 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

For the Wizards, previously known as the Baltimore/Washington Bullets, Wes Unseld, is the most decorated player in the franchise’s history. With a career points per game average of 10.8, Unseld also has 14 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game. Next up is Elvin Hayes. During his time with the franchise he won the NBA Championship in 1978. Hayes is also the holder of many franchise records and a 12-time All-Star. And Gus Johnson, the dominating rebounder who led the Wizards to the playoffs six times in the nine seasons (1963-1972) he was with the franchise. This center forward from Akron, Ohio, averaged 16.2 points per game during his career with 12.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

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