Five Takeaways: Knicks Defensive Struggles Lead To BK Loss

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By Michael T. Lyle, Jr. Knicks Fan Since '93

The Knicks and Brooklyn Nets joined the rest of the NBA in honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through participating in a Monday matinee at The Garden. Despite strong performances from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, a late second half rally by the Orange and Blue came up short in a 103-80 loss.
 
As the Knicks' crosstown rivals evened up the season series at a game apiece, here are five things to take away from New York’s showdown with Brooklyn. 
 
Photos: George Kalinsky for Madison Square Garden and Dave Saffran/MSG Photos 
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