NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony kept losing the ball all night long, and now the New York Knicks have lost their hold on eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Anthony committed nine turnovers and Bradley Beal made another big shot at Madison Square Garden, a go-ahead jumper over Tyson Chandler with 6.9 seconds left as the Washington Wizards beat the Knicks 90-89 on Friday night.
Beal's jumper quieted the Garden crowd just as he did back on Dec. 16, when he beat the Knicks for a go-ahead layup.
"It's pretty cool, I guess", Washington's second-year guard said. "For them to go silent, that's kind of, 'Wow'."
John Wall, who added 19 points, combined with Beal for Washington's final 12 to dampen New York's playoffs hopes.
Anthony was favoring an ailing right shoulder he said he initially banged up during the win against Brooklyn on Wednesday. He felt it go out during the first half but decided to keep playing.
He lost control of the ball as he tried to go left into the lane on New York's last possession, but J.R. Smith, who as of late has recaptured the form that earned him last year's Sixth Man of the Year award, recovered it but missed a potential winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left.
Smith finished with a season-high 32 points.
"I felt like I lost the ball," Anthony said.
"It was a tough loss, man. I wish I could have did better and played better. For the most part I thought my teammates did what they had to do. J.R. had a phenomenal game. I wish I could have rewarded that."
The Knicks announced after the game that Anthony strained his right shoulder but X-rays were negative. He said he expects to play Sunday against the Miami Heat.
New York dropped out of the final playoff position just two nights after moving into it by beating the Nets. Struggling Atlanta went back ahead by one game after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier Friday.
Smith would have liked to have had the chance to take the initial shot.
"Yeah, no matter who that is, I always want the last shot. It's something I've never been shy about", Smith said.
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