By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
NETS 103, KNICKS 89 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
The Knicks' slide continued this afternoon, as they fell to the crosstown Nets by a score of 103-80 in a Martin Luther King Day matinee. It was New York's fourth straight defeat.
Brooklyn avenged a loss earlier in the season at Barclays Center by spreading the ball around and preventing open looks for the Knicks. On the afternoon, the Nets registered 25 assists and shot 49% from the floor and 37% from three. All 11 who played scored at least three points.
For the Knicks, it was a frustrating defeat. Coach Mike Woodson decided to match Brooklyn's "small lineup" with one of his own -- the same group that had so much success last season. But with Pablo Prigioni rejoining the starting lineup as he returned from a broken toe, New York struggled with ball movement and communication on the defensive end.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony once again stood out for the Knicks, leading all scorers with 26 points and keeping up his solid work on the boards with 12 rebounds.
The Knicks welcome Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers to the Garden on Wednesday night.