KNICKS 100 NETS 97 | BARCLAYS CENTER
How it happened:
In the second installment of the Battle of the Boroughs, Jason Kidd emerged as the hero against his former team in a thrilling 100-97 victory for the Knicks.
With the two teams tied at 97-97 with 41 seconds on the game clock, Carmelo Anthony corralled an offensive rebound after J.R. Smith missed a 3-point attempt. Chandler tipped the ball out to Anthony, who had to retreat to the Knicks backcourt.
As the Nets defense scrambled, Raymond Felton found Jason Kidd at the top of the arc and he calmly drilled a shot from downtown despite a foul from Jerry Stackhouse. Kidd missed the four-point play opportunity but New York defended the final possession. Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams could not connect on 3-pointers and the Knicks snatched a win in Brooklyn to even the season series at one a piece.
Kidd was spectacular from the 3-point, considering he connected on six of his eight attempts and scored 18 points at the starting shooting guard spot. The 39-year old dished out six assists and hauled in six boards as well.
Anthony was an absolute offensive beast for New York with a season-high 45 points to help lift New York to a 16-5 overall record.
Back at the 3:44 mark of the fourth quarter, Kidd hit another big 3-pointer and Andray Blatche’s tip-in shot was waived off because it was in the cylinder. The Knicks regained the lead on an Anthony turnaround jumper with less than two minutes left in the game as they effectively erased a 10-point deficit. New York also climbed back from 17 down in the first half, showing resiliency in another tough Eastern Conference contest
The complexion of the game changed drastically at the midpoint of the second quarter. Anthony hit a transition 3-pointer, followed by a Tyson Chandler steal, and then a Raymond Felton jumper. The Knicks quickly knocked the Nets lead down to single digits. Anthony put an exclamation mark on the first half with an isolation, off-the-dribble bucket past Gerald Wallace. The layup concluded an impressive 21-12 run for the Knicks over the last six and a half minutes of the second period to trim Brooklyn’s lead to four points.
Nets center Brook Lopez did not play in the contest and Brooklyn has now lost five straight games.
“When they double Melo, we all have practiced that somebody is going to get a wide open look and Ray made a great pass. I talked to Ray about it a little bit with a few minutes left, if there is any trouble, I will be open. Again, guys, you never know who is going to step up and make a shot but it was all our defense there in that fourth quarter that helped us win that game.” – Jason Kidd
Anthony heard the “MVP” chants at the Barclays and he certainly deserved the adulation from the New York crowd. Time and time again, the forward hit clutch buckets and finished with 45 points in 44 minutes on 15-of-24 shooting from the floor, 5-of-7 behind the arc, and 10-of-11 at the charity stripe. He also grabbed five boards, dished out three assists, and went home with a busted lip in the winning performance.
New York was deadly from the 3-point line again. In the victory, the Knicks drained 14-28 shots from downtown, proving they can use the deep shooting as a weapon this year.
The Knicks will enjoy a long homestand over the next two weeks and they will take advantage of a day off tomorrow. On Thursday night, the Lakers will make their lone appearance in New York this season.