Rapid Reaction: Knicks 97, Nets 95 (OT)
October, 24, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets’ first preseason came to a close with a 97-95 overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
The Nets finished the preseason by losing three straight games following a 3-0 start.
THE GOOD: 1. Deron Williams played extremely well, finishing with a game-high 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting -- including 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He had 12 points in the first quarter alone. His backup at the point guard position, C.J. Watson, also had a solid effort.
2. Gerald Wallace did a phenomenal job defensively on Carmelo Anthony. Anthony finished with 15 points on 4-for-13 shooting in 32 minutes.
3. Joe Johnson (eight points in 32 minutes) took advantage of his height mismatch with Jason Kidd in the post.
4. The team’s second unit, which didn’t play so well defensively, had an excellent fourth quarter and made a nice comeback to get the game to OT. MarShon Brooks, Andray Blatche and Tyshawn Taylor were the ones getting it done in crunch time.
THE BAD: 1. Brook Lopez didn’t close the preseason out on a strong note. He grabbed just one rebound and collected five fouls in 23 minutes.
2. The Nets’ offense was pretty porous in spurts. Collectively, they turned it over 19 times and shot an abysmal 29.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
3. The majority of fans in attendance were Knicks fans. Long Island is considered Knicks country -- for now.
OF NOTE: The Nets sported their white ABA throwback jerseys from the Dr. J era. Jose Reyes was booed when he was shown on the JumboTron.
UP NEXT: The moment we’ve all been waiting for: Nets versus Knicks -- for real this time -- Nov. 1 at Barclays Center. Until then? A lot of valuable practice time.