(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards have lost two games in a row for the second time this season, but theyll try to break out of it Thursday when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The leadoff game on the NBAs Christmas schedule features two teams on losing streaks. The Knicks have dropped five in a row, but the Wizards need a victory after consecutive home losses. The Wizards fell to third in the Eastern Conference and lost the lead in the Southeast Division for the first time all season. The Atlanta Hawks have been on fire since Thanksgiving, but Washington was able to keep pace until recently. After a loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, the Wizards fell to the Chicago Bulls, 99-91, Tuesday night. Washington lost its second straight game on the heels of six consecutive wins despite John Walls 18 points and nine assists. Marcin Gortat posted a 14- point, 11-rebound double-double in defeat. They made plays, said Wall. I think they outrebounded us and got to the free throw line more. After Nene hit two free throws to pull Washington within three early in the fourth, Chicago rattled off seven straight to force a timeout. It was 86-75 midway through the period when Wall and the Wizards mounted their comeback. Wall did most of his work in transition and scored 10 of Washingtons 12 straight points that gave the hosts their first lead since the first quarter. Jimmy Butler stopped the flurry with a pair of free throws. Derrick Rose then took the game into his own hands, scoring six in a row. His tip-in preceded a pair of Pau Gasol free throws that put the game out of reach. Bradley Beal finished with 15, followed by 12 out of Paul Pierce. The Knicks have dropped 15 of their last 16. Their only victory since Nov. 24 was a road win over the Boston Celtics on Dec. 12. New York has lost seven straight at MSG. The most recent setback came Sunday at Toronto, 118-108, to the Raptors. Carmelo Anthony ended with 28 points for the Knicks. Jason Smith and Jose Calderon contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively, with Calderon also dishing out 10 assists. They scored and they scored super-fast, said Anthony. They exploited a lot of things. Amare Stoudemire (rest), Iman Shumpert (shoulder) and J.R. Smith (foot) missed the Raptors game. Stoudemire should be a go on Thursday, but Smith, who has sat out the last seven for New York with a small tear in his plantar fascia, is questionable. Shumpert is out with a dislocated shoulder. The Wizards bested the Knicks by 15 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4. That made it four in a row in the series for Washington, which has won three straight in New York City. Haloti Ngata Jersey . He managed to save par, and went on to put together his best opening round of the year. Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. Mike Wallace Jersey . 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Minutes after the previously winless Colts got their first win, 27-13 over Tennessee, team vice chairman Bill Polian said the four-time league MVP will not play this season though he has begun throwing to teammates at the team complex.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The recently completed 2014 Breeders Cup at Santa Anita did nothing to clear up the identity of the 2014 Horse of the Year. In fact, the World Championships broadened the scope of contenders for the top honor in thoroughbred racing. Where the main horses being mentioned before the Breeders Cup were Shared Belief, California Chrome, Close Hatches and Untapable the names of Main Sequence, Bayern and Goldencents are now part of the discussion. Bayern showed what he can really do on a big day, said trainer Bob Baffert about his 3-year-old Breeders Cup Classic winner. He put it together. Shared Belief didnt break. He broke a stutter-step slow (the chart says he bobbled) and Bayern was gone. I thought the nine (Toast of New York) swooped down on Shared Belief. The third-place finish, a neck behind Bayern, by California Chrome in the Classic may actually have helped the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in Horse of the Year voting. The colt had two poor races coming into Saturdays start, but showed tremendous heart in his effort against a stellar field. It was a great race for him, and a game race to get beat by a neck, said trainer Art Sherman. Main Sequence, trained by Graham Motion, won the Breeders Cup Turf to post a perfect mark in his four starts this year. Motion, however, acknowledges there may be a prejudice against turf runners when it comes to Horse of the Year balloting. He has won four Group Is. No other horse has done what hes done, Motion said. At the end of the day, Im not going to lose sleep over it. He certainly deserves consideration. Im sure therell be a lot of split opinions because of the dirt and tuurf.dddddddddddd I get that. Its America, we race on dirt. Goldencents completed his racing career with a second straight victory in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile on Friday. The 4-year-old colt, currently trained by Leandro Mora, had a light 2014 season, but deserves thoughtful consideration for Horse of the Year. Hopefully he will do as well in his next career as he did on the track. Hes going to make a lot of champions, Mora said. The horse that was most adversely affected by the Classic outcome was 5-2 favorite and previously undefeated 3-year-old gelding Shared Belief. Co-owned and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief was roughed up at the start of the race by Bayern and finished fourth in the 14-horse field. He came out OK, said Hollendorfer of Shared Belief. Shared Belief, also partly owned by Jim Rome, would have secured Horse of the Year with a victory or at least a well run second in the 1 1/4-mile Classic. The gelding, 2013 champion 2-year-old male, should get respect for getting fourth after the horrible start he got. All the 3-year-olds ran good, Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said of the unprecedented 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish by the group in the race. The two fillies in the discussion, Close Hatches and Untapable, met for the first time in Fridays Distaff which Untapable won and Close Hatches finished last. Untapable performed excellently and ran a huge race, said the 3-year-olds trainer Steve Asmussen. Although Untapable lost to Bayern in the Haskell, she won all her starts against fillies and mares and locked up the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly. In my opinion, Untapable was the Horse of the Year for 2014. 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