Knicks Slide Past Nets

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
Yes, it’s still the preseason but there was something different in the air when the Knicks and Nets collided on Wednesday night in Long Island.

Refusing to give an inch, New York and Brooklyn battled in overtime, resulting in a 97-95 overtime victory for the orange and blue. Steve Novak and Mychel Thompson buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Knicks a 97-93 led with 44.3 seconds remaining in the extra session. Thompson forced a missed shot from MarShon Brooks and Henry Sims corralled the board to push New York back to .500 for the preseason at 3-3.

Chris Copeland tallied 16 points in the win, Raymond Felton and Carmelo Antony scored 15 apiece, and Pablo Prigioni dished out 11 assists.

Both teams had the opportunity to run through a rehearsal of sorts with the season opener featuring the two squads set for November 1 in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, New York could not test the chemistry with starters after center Tyson Chandler was sent to the locker room in the first quarter. Early in the contest, Chandler fell to the ground and remained sidelined with a sore knee. He did not return for precautionary reasons.

After falling behind in the second quarter, the Knicks closed strong behind the impressive play of Felton. The point guard went toe-to-toe with perennial All-Star Deron Williams. As Anthony struggled from the floor in the first half, Felton filled the void with nine points and four assists. Copeland jumped off the bench to post seven points in the half as well.

Top Knick:
Felton fought Williams on just about every possession and forced his way to the rack when he received a glimpse of daylight. Fresh off a 23-point night in Syracuse, Felton backed up his play at the right time against one of the elite point guards in the NBA. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and handed out five dimes in just 24 minutes of court time.

Statistically Speaking:
The Knicks backcourt trio of Felton, Kidd, and Prigioni combined for 19 assists. The Nets as an entire team only registered eight.

Looking Ahead:
While the Knicks concluded their preseason on Wednesday night, the squad will now enter the third and maybe the most important phase of training camp. With a week to prepare for the opener, New York will convene at MSG Training Center for scrimmages and practice sessions. On November 1, the Knicks will make the short trip to Brooklyn for the season opener against the Nets.

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