By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 113, NETS 83 | BARCLAYS CENTER
How it happened:
There's been a feeling that the Knicks needed just one breakout game to get back on the winning track. If that's true, fans of the Orange and Blue should be excited for what's to come.
They showed up in Brooklyn intent on snapping a nine-game losing streak and came away with a statement 30-point win. All of a sudden, with the Knicks now 1-0 in the Atlantic Division this year, a dim outlook has gotten much brighter.
From the opening tip, there was supreme intensity and crisp ball movement. That the Knicks finished with 113 points, their highest total of the season, should come as no surprise.
Whether it was Andrea Bargnani, who set the tone with an emphatic block to start the game, or Amar'e Stoudemire, who served as a rim protector himself and threw down a couple of ferocious jams, everyone got involved and the Nets had no answer. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. once again made his presence felt off the bench, chipping in 12 big points.
That Carmelo Anthony's first points of the game gave the Knicks a 24-10 lead was a testament to the team's balanced approach in a must-win game. They tallied 24 assists on the night, almost five more than their season average. Anthony finished with 19 points, one of five Knicks to score in double figures.
Knick of the Night:
Iman Shumpert was sensational, his energy once again a catalyst for the Knicks' inspired play. Shump finished with a season high 17 points on 5-of-7 from 3-point land and added six rebounds on the night.
The Knicks will hope to carry over the momentum from tonight as they host the Orlando Magic tomorrow night at 7:30 at Madison Square Garden.