Knicks hit a new low with their 13th consecutive loss
WASHINGTON – The New York Knicks' deconstruction project hit a new low, setting a team record with a 13th straight loss.
The Knicks fell 101-91 to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, giving New York its longest in-season skid in the proud franchise's 69-year history.
With J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert traded away, and with Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) and Amare Stoudemire (sore right knee) injured, the Knicks made dubious history by giving major minutes to the likes of Cole Aldrich, Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early.
Jose Calderon scored 17 points for the Knicks, whose roster requires a flow chart these days just to keep up.
"It's not easy," Calderon said. "All the things going on, in a season like that, all the changes happening to us — our teammates, they are going and new guys are arriving — and we've got so many injuries as well."
• CAVS LOSE AGAIN, MAKE TRADE: The Cleveland Cavaliers, playing their sixth consecutive game without injured LeBron James, lost 105-93 to the Houston Rockets despite Kyrie Irving's season-high 38 points. Cleveland has lost four in a row at home and seven of nine overall. During the game the Cavaliers announced that they had acquired center Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets for two protected 2015 first-round draft picks. The 7-1 Mozgov averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in 35 games this season for the Nuggets. The Cavaliers feel he can fill the large hole they had in the middle after starting center Anderson Varejao was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Mozgov played for Cavaliers coach David Blatt on the Russian national team.
• SEVEN IN A ROW FOR PISTONS: D.J. Augustin scored 17 of his season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Pistons won their seventh consecutive game, 108-95 over the host Dallas Mavericks. Dallas entered the game with a six-game winning streak. It also had won six in a row over the Pistons and 11 straight against Eastern Conference opponents overall. Augustin did all his damage in only 22 minutes. Detroit last won seven in a row between Dec. 23, 2008, and Jan. 4, 2009.
• SIX IN A ROW FOR HAWKS: The Atlanta Hawks won their sixth consecutive game and improved to 20-2 in their past 22 games with a 96-86 home victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Jeff Teague set a career high by scoring at least 20 points in his sixth game in a row. This is the latest in the season the Hawks (27-8) have led the Eastern Conference since the 1993-94 season.
• KINGS SURPRISE THUNDER: Rudy Gay (28 points), Darren Collison (24) and DeMarcus Cousins (23) helped the host Sacramento Kings end a 12-game losing streak to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 104-83 victory. Collison made a career high five three-pointers, and Cousins had 15 rebounds.
• JAZZ HOLDS BULLS TO 77: The host Chicago Bulls had a season-low point total in a 97-77 loss to the Utah Jazz. Chicago point guard Derrick Rose had only seven points on 3-for-15 shooting. The 2011 NBA MVP is shooting 25.5 percent (28-for-110) in his past six games.
• BOGUT RETURNS: Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut was back in the active lineup after missing the past 12 games because of a right knee injury.