By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 109, NETS 98 | BARCLAYS CENTER
How it Happened:
With nothing but pride on the line, the Knicks came across the bridge and dominated the playoff-bound Nets. Without Carmelo Anthony, who did not play because of a small tear to the labrum of his right shoulder, New York put together a highlight-filled performance fueled by a handful of players making the most of some extended playing time.
The Knicks led by double digits after one quarter, and from that point on, coach Mike Woodson's team continued to pour it on. Tyson Chandler played only five minutes in the game, which meant four-guard lineups for a majority of the night.
Cole Aldrich (13 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes) and Jeremy Tyler (eight points) held down the low post as an uptempo attack blitzed Brooklyn and led to highlights like this Iman Shumpert alley-oop off the glass and this Shannon Brown fastbreak slam.
Also making the most of his opportunity was Toure' Murry, who contributed nine points, five assists and three steals in 22 minutes.
Knick of the Night:
Aldrich wins the award after playing a season high for minutes. He dominated during his time on the floor, showing the soft touch, long arms and desire on the glass that the Knicks have been looking for from their bench bigs.
The Knicks season concludes tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden against the Raptors.