Five Takeaways: Knicks Use Team Effort To Top Nets

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1. Ciao, Brooklyn!


From his first possession through his last, Andrea Bargnani attacked. He swished long-range bombs, pump-faked his way to easy pull ups, blocked shots, and went toe-to-toe with Kevin Garnett. Nobody on the floor captured the spirit, determination, and will the Knicks played with more than Bargnani. His stat line won't jump out at you, but that's kind of the point. He played within the flow of the offense and consistently made the right decision when the ball came his way. 
On defense, Bargnani bodied up Brook Lopez early, then later Kevin Garnett. He frustrated both Brooklyn big men to the point a skirmish broke out when Bargnani and Garnett got tangled in the fourth quarter. Moments later Bargnani popped a jumper over KG. It was the perfect exclamation on Bargnani's performance.