Monday, November 26, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT)
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets earned two victories over the New York Knicks on Monday night -- one in the stands and one on the court.
In front of a sellout Barclays Center crowd that was about 60-65 percent Nets fans, Brooklyn kicked off the East River rivalry with a 96-89 overtime win over New York on Monday night.
The Nets (9-4), who have won three games in a row, are now tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with the Knicks (9-4). They have won six straight games at home, and improved to 7-1 at their $1 billion arena this season.
Jerry Stackhouse, 38, drained his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 3:31 left in the extra session, snapping an 86-all tie and sparking a 6-0 mini-run which gave the Nets a six-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Chants of “BROOK-LYN!” filled the building in the final minute.
The Knicks had beaten the Nets in six of their previous seven meetings -- including three in a row as the visitor. Brooklyn is the first Eastern Conference team to knock off New York this season.
D-WILL: Deron Williams played like a star on Monday night, scoring 16 points and dishing out a season-high 14 assists to finish with his team-leading sixth double-double. He went just 6-for-17 from the field after connecting on just 32.9 percent of his attempts in his previous six games. D-Will scored the first points in the East River rivalry with a finger-roll, which prompted “BROOK-LYN!” chants from the crowd. As he drained the clinching free throws with 30 seconds left, the fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”
BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez had himself another outstanding game, this time scoring a team-high 22 points to go along with a team-high 11 rebounds and game-high five blocks. Lopez did miss the chance to win the game in regulation, when he split a pair of free throws with 24.1 seconds left.
MELO: Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn, so it came as no surprise that he came out on a mission on Monday night. Melo ended up with game-highs of 35 points and 13 rebounds.
WOE JOE: Joe Johnson, who confidently reiterated to us on Sunday that the Nets were better than the Knicks, missed his first five shots on the field, and proceeded to put up a 3-for-12 shooting line. He had scored 40 points in his previous two games and seemed to be coming out of his slump. So much for that.
CRASH: Gerald Wallace produced a season-high 11 points -- in the first half. The versatile forward ended up with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. He also did a tremendous job defensively on Melo.
AND-1 GOSH DARNIT: Tyson Chandler said something to this extent after scoring a layup and getting fouled with 5:16 left in the second quarter. Chandler (28 points, 10 rebounds) was a beast inside all evening long. In the first quarter, he threw down an emphatic two-handed dunk over a pair of Nets.
FOURTH QUARTER D: The Nets have held their last three opponents to a combined 45 points in the final period.
CAROM COUNTER: Through 13 games, Lopez has grabbed 85 rebounds.
STATS WEIRD: The Nets shot just 37 percent in the first half, but trailed 47-45 at the break. They opened up 2-for-11 from the field.
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK: Actually, you should. The Nets trailed 66-59 with 2:44 left in the third quarter, but closed the quarter on a 9-1 run to take a one-point lead into the fourth.
HISTORY LESSON: From ESPN Stats & Information, this was the first time the Nets hosted the Knicks in New York state since Feb. 20, 1977. And check this: Phil Jackson played in that game. From the Nets’ PR staff, this is the first matchup between Brooklyn and New York teams since the Dodgers played the New York Giants on Sept. 8, 1957 at the Polo Grounds.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Jay-Z, Beyonce, Richard Gere, Mayor Bloomberg, Jason-Pierre Paul, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, Charlie Rose, Ron Darling and Matt Harvey. LeBron James wasn’t in the house, but did tweet that he was watching on TV.
UP NEXT: Nets at Celtics, Wednesday night.