The Knicks were particularly effective from beyond the arc, where they connected on 18 of 33. Novak paced five players in double figures for New York.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 17 points, the Knicks took a 38-21 first-quarter lead.
But the young Wizards answered the challenge. Reserve Bradley Beal scored all of his 12 points in the Wizards' 22-0 run that gave them a 56-53 halftime lead.
Novak hit consecutive 3s to put the Knicks up 95-88 with 6:28 left.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 17 points.
No one thought the Portland Trail Blazers would make it to the playoffs, much less the conference semifinals. And that's perfectly fine for the upstart attitudes of Damian Lillard and Co.
Without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers fought valiantly but fell to the Trail Blazers, bringing another season to a disappointing end.
NBA Tonight checks out some strange 'bruh' moments on and off the court on Friday night, including Miami's Josh Richardson taking a bite out of the basketball, comedian Mike Epps tripping and falling and the infamous man in the purple shirt.