Monday, January 21, 2013
Notes: Nets stuff Melo over final 12 minutes
By Nick Creegan | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Defense was key for the Brooklyn Nets down the stretch -- especially in the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony scored just two points in the final 12 minutes on Monday afternoon.
In the final 12 minutes of Monday afternoon’s 88-85 victory, the Nets held New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony to just two points, both coming on a pair of free throws with 40.9 seconds left.
Anthony had averaged 37 points in the previous three games against Brooklyn this season, but the Nets held him to 29 points on 11-for-29 shooting on Monday afternoon.
Gerald Wallace, who played solid defense on Melo all afternoon, did a great job contesting a potential game-tying jumper by Anthony with 11.9 seconds to go, which wouldn’t fall. Once the game was over, “BROOK-LYN!” chants filled Madison Square Garden.
“We knew we had to make plays,” Wallace said. “Our main game plan was to make them take contested shots and keep them off the 3-point line and win the rebounding battle.”
The Knicks shot just 6-for-21 from 3-point range (28.6 percent). The Nets outrebounded them, 52-37.