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Knicks beat Wizards for 10th straight time

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Knicks beat Wizards for 10th straight time

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each scored 20 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards for the 10th straight time, 108-87 on Friday night.

Tyson Chandler and Ronnie Brewer each added 12 points for the Knicks, who improved to 6-0 at home and also beat the Wizards for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden. Both winning streaks are their longest active against one team.

Chandler finished with 10 rebounds but his 5-of-8 shooting represented a cold night after the NBA's leading shooter had made 16 of 17 over his previous two games and came in shooting 71.8 percent for the season.

Raymond Felton scored 11 points for the Knicks, who shot 53 percent from the field in their third straight game without starting guard Jason Kidd, who remains out with lower back spasms.

Jordan Crawford scored 17 points and rookie Bradley Beal had 14 for the Wizards, who beat Portland 84-82 on Wednesday for their lone victory after a 0-12 start but were never in this game after the first 10 minutes.

The Knicks led by nine after one and kept increasing their lead, going ahead by double digits throughout the second half and by as much as 23.

The only time the home fans grew restless was at the half, during the filming of a scene for the upcoming Vince Vaughn film ``Delivery Man.'' After a hard foul, the actor playing the Knicks star had to shoot two free throws but couldn't make both, the boos growing louder with each miss until he had to be rattled.

The real Knicks had nothing to worry about.

Leading by one, the Knicks closed the first quarter with a 10-2 spurt for a 26-17 lead, holding Washington to 32 percent shooting. The Knicks then made 12 of 19 shots in the second, getting eight points from Pablo Prigioni and building a 13-point advantage before going into the locker room up 57-46 after Anthony rattled in a jumper at the buzzer.

Notes: The Wizards' last victory in New York was Dec. 6, 2006. ... Kidd did some shooting Friday morning and hopes to return next week, though coach Mike Woodson wasn't sure, saying the Knicks would have to just continue to wait. .. Chandler's ``Rebound 4 Rockaway'' campaign will team up with the NBA players' association on Saturday to deliver items to families affected by Superstorm Sandy in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

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Capitals hockey in Russia? The NHL is 'going to look to accommodate that interest'

Capitals hockey in Russia? The NHL is 'going to look to accommodate that interest'

WASHINGTON -- The Capitals have interest in playing overseas and the NHL is working to make that happen. With Alex Ovechkin as one of the faces of Russian hockey, the team has expressed its desire to the NHL to play a regular-season game in Russia. That will not be happening next season, but it does appear an international game is in the team's future.

"We had been working on the potential of the Capitals being able to play a game [in Russia] next year and for a variety of reasons those plans didn't come together," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday. Daly was on hand for Washington's game against the Winnipeg Jets in order to participate in the pregame ceremony to honor Ovechkin's 700th goal. "I think we're going to kind of work, retrench again to figure out whether there's a better strategy to try to make that happen."

The NHL frequently brings teams to Europe and even to China to play games and the Caps want in. While an international game for the 2020-21 season is unlikely, Daly noted the league is working to accommodate the team's interest in going overseas in the near future.

"I know the Caps have an interest in doing that and if not in Russia, I know they have an interest in playing internationally," Daly said, "So we're going to look to accommodate that interest for sure. Obviously, the Caps, high profile in our league, good international content. It just makes sense to bring them overseas."

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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