Nets Beat Knicks In Thriller 98-93


In a battle between two teams that were desperate for a win, the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the New York Knicks 98-to-93 in a game that went right down to the wire. The Knicks appeared to be down for the count as the Nets led by double digits for the majority of the second half, but the Knicks battled back thanks in large part to Jose Calderon and Amar’e Stoudemire’s huge contributions in the fourth quarter. Deron Williams hit a clutch three with a little over a minute left, but the Knicks kept fighting and the Nets had the ball up by three needing a score.

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The Knicks got a steal and in transition Carmelo Anthony rose up to take a wide open three and he missed it. Iman Shumpert fouled Joe Johnson and Johnson made both free throws to put Brooklyn up by five. Calderon hit a mid range jumper which were two of his 19 points and Kevin Garnett traveled giving the Knicks the ball down by three with a chance to tie the game. Anthony went into straight isolation on Alan Anderson and it appeared that Knicks coach Derek Fisher was trying to call a timeout. The officials either didn’t hear Fisher or ignored him and Anthony threw up a long three point attempt and it rimmed out. Johnson hit two more free throws and that was all she wrote for the Knicks who drop to 4-and-15 on the season. The Nets are now 7-and-9.

Brook Lopez had a big first half for the Nets, but the seven footer was quiet in the second half. Lopez finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Joe Johnson was quiet for most of the first half but Johnson had 19 points in the second half and on the game Johnson finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony dropped 20 points, but he attempted 22 shots on the night which does not equate for a good ratio. Calderon had 19 points including five three’s on the night and for the Nets, Deron Williams had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets next game is on Wednesday as they conclude their back to back and square off against the San Antonio Spurs at Barclays Center. The New York Knicks next game is on Thursday against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. This season the Nets have taken a commanding 2-to-0 lead over the Knicks in the Battle of the Boroughs and although Anthony doesn’t consider it a rivalry the atmosphere at the Garden down the stretch was electric and it certainly felt like a rivalry game.

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