The Brooklyn Nets (3-2) dominated the New Look Knicks (2-4) 110-99 as they faced each other Friday night at Barclays Center for the ninth time since the Nets moved to Brooklyn a little more than two years ago.
Nets point guard, Deron Williams dropped a game-high 29 points, picking the New York defense apart with ease. Brook Lopez added 20 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic chipped in 18 points each.
Carmelo Anthony struggled his way to 19 points (5-of-20 shooting), Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16 points, Amar’e Stoudemire another 14 and Iman Shumpert chipped in 11 more.
Cleanthony Early made a case for more playing time, dropping 12 points and throwing down a powerful slam on Lopez—all during the final frame. The Knicks converted on just 37-of-90 field goals and allowed 36 points in the paint.
The YES Network’s billed Friday’s Knicks-Nets game as the “rivalry rages on.” But to be honesty, the crosstown rivalry could use kick-start or just a kick in the (well you get the picture). The Knicks took their triangle troubles to Brooklyn with a 2-3 record against the Nets whose record includes two losses to non-playoff teams, Boston and Minnesota.
Tonight the Nets won the battle for NY but it looks like its going to be a long year for New York Basketball, at least we have All-Star Weekend to look forward to!