They were behind 96-95, having surrendered a seven point fourth quarter lead against the winless Washington Wizards. Anthony surely had his part in the collapse, misfiring on a number of forced shots. But when the Knicks got the ball after John Wall put the Wizards up by one, Anthony knocked down the big shot, saving the Knicks from a loss that could have seriously endangered the future of D’Antoni as head coach.
The Knicks’ win brought them to a still disappointing 3-4, and the Wizards remained winless at 0-7. Anthony finished with 37 points, connecting on 16 of his 33 field-goal attempts. The others Knicks stars, Amar’e Stoudemire (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Tyson Chandler (12 and 15) had good nights as well, but two backcourt reserves shined bright.