The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks meet at Madison Square Garden Saturday night for the final time this season. Here’s how to tune into the action.
The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have split homecourt victories this season and on Saturday night the teams meet again at Madison Square Garden for the second and final time in 2018-19. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
The Nets (9-18) come in off their first win since Nov. 20, as they topped the Toronto Raptors in overtime Friday night at home, 106-105. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak. The Knicks (8-18) have lost four of their last five games, including two in a row.
Their last game was a 128-100 drubbing on the road Thursday at the hands of the Boston Celtics.
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D’Angelo Russell scored 29 points to lead Brooklyn against the Raptors. Ed Davis came off the bench for 15 rebounds, while Jarrett Allen finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in 17 points and eight assists.
In the loss at Boston, Tim Hardaway Jr. paced New York with 22 points. Enes Kanter added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Noah Vonleh went for 12 points and 10 boards and Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 17 points and six assists. Mitchell Robinson had two blocked shots for the Knicks.
The Nets are 94-99 against the Knicks since they were part of the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 and as the New Jersey Nets posted the longest winning streak in the series, taking 11 in a row from Feb. 25, 1984, to March 1, 1986.
New York has the most points in a single game, a 135-118 win at the Garden on Feb. 5, 1987. The Nets have twice put up 126 points against the Knicks, most recently in a 126-121 win in Manhattan on March 13, 1987.
The most lopsided win in the series went to the Knicks at the Garden in a 125-93 decision on Dec. 19, 1987. The Nets’ largest win came at East Rutherford on Feb. 26, 2003, in a 105-76 victory.
Bernard King‘s 60 points for New York in a Dec. 25, 1984, loss at the Garden is the highest single-game total by a player in the series. John Williamson put up 43 points for the Nets in a win at Piscataway on Feb. 12, 1978.
The Nets are 12-14 since moving to the city in 2012. Brook Lopez has the top scoring game for Brooklyn with 33 points on Feb. 19, 2016.
*-Historical research courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
Here is how to watch Brooklyn and New York battle in Manhattan Saturday night.
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
Season series: Tied 1-1
Records: Brooklyn (9-18, 11th in East), New York (8-18, 12th in East)
Scoring: BKN 108.6 (19th), NYK 108.6 (20th)
Defense: BKN 110.9 (17th), NYK 114.9 (26th)
Off. Rating: BKN 107.8 (18th), NYK 106.4 (22nd)
Def. Rating: BKN 109.8 (20th), NYK 112.2 (27th)
Pace: BKN 99.36 (24th), NYK 100.98 (17th)
Shooting: BKN 44.0% (27th), NYK 43.6% (28th)
3-point: BKN 34.6% (19th), NYK 34.4% (22nd)
Opponent shooting: BKN 46.2% (17th), NYK 47.6% (27th)
Opponent 3-point: BKN 34.4% (11th), NYK 36.7% (26th)
Oct. 29 at New York: The Knicks broke the game open with a huge third quarter, outscoring the Nets 33-23 while opening up a 25-point lead en route to a 115-96 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 17 points and also blocked two shots. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went for 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, Caris LeVert dished out five assists and Jarrett Allen had two blocks.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points with eight assists for the Knicks. Enes Kanter added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Noah Vonleh went for 10 boards.
Brooklyn: at Philadelphia, Wednesday; vs. Washington, Friday; vs. Atlanta, Dec. 16
New York: vs. Charlotte, Sunday; at Cleveland, Wednesday; at Charlotte, Friday