It was another game in which the Wizards played well for 3 quarters, but completely went to pieces in the final frame, something very familiar to fans of the team this season. When the chips are down the Wizards just cannot get key stops and they cannot make key shots or get big rebounds. Right now, the team just doesn’t have any clutch players on the roster.
The fourth quarter collapse by the Wizards inexplicably came after their best quarter of the night. Shaun Livingston scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter as the Wizards shot 66 percent from the field and had 9 assists on 14 made field goals. "There is no question we would consider him," Saunders said of Livingston’s future with the team. "He has been a good fit for how we play. Just look at where he is now from where he was a month ago. Now his off season is key."
Miller scored at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time this season -- and second against the defensively deficient Knicks. Miller got started early, making three wide open three-pointers in the first quarter. Afterward, Miller was more upset with the open looks that the Wizards gave up in the fourth quarter, when the Knicks scored 40 points. "We gave up way too many points," Miller said. Saunders blamed the fourth-quarter breakdown on the shortcomings of his bench. When reminded that two of the best players on the bench were in sport coats, Saunders smiled and said, "It would've been nice to have. Maybe next year."