Knicks 92 Nets 83 | Prudential Center
How it happened:
With the game tied at 66-66 in the final seconds of the third quarter, newly acquired guard Mike Bibby drilled a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer. The momentum seemed to shift at this point as the Knicks expanded their lead throughout the fourth quarter, reaching a 12-point advantage late in the period. Renaldo Balkman enjoyed a nice road contest with a team-high 20 points in 21 minutes of game action as the Knicks cruised to a 92-83 in the first preseason game. Carmelo Anthony added 17 points, rookie Iman Shumpert chipped in 16 off the bench, and Amar’e Stoudemire dropped 10 points.
Balkman was extremely efficient in a reserve role for New York today. The veteran power forward took advantage of his time on the court by hitting 7-for-10 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. His 20 points were a nice surprise for a Knicks squad looking for solid contributions from the second unit.
Shumpert impressed early and often in his NBA debut and provided Knicks nation with a ton of optimism heading into the 2011-12 season. The former Georgia Tech guard utilized his 6-5 frame to attack the rim and nail pull-up jumpers. Prior to the NBA Draft, analysts were concerned with his ability to consistently score from the perimeter. On Saturday, Shumpert displayed great mechanics on the jumper and proved he can be a threat off the bounce and from mid-range.
"I feel like we came out with great energy. Guys were talking out there and communicating - definitely some things we can build on but for the first time being out there playing after a long lockout, I thought the guys played hard and that's what you want." -- Tyson Chandler
On Sunday afternoon, the Knicks will host an open scrimmage at Madison Square Garden. Three days later, New York welcomes the Nets to the Garden for the preseason finale at 7:30 p.m.