W2W4: Knicks at Nets

December, 11, 2012
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At 15-5, the Knicks have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Getting win No. 16 on Tuesday would be pretty special.

The Knicks will be out for revenge on Tuesday night when they take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

The Nets took Round 1 of the East River Rivalry in Brooklyn two weeks ago.

No matter what they say publicly, the Knicks would like to take Round 2.

Mike Woodson’s club has won six of seven since losing to Brooklyn on Nov. 26. The Nets, on the other hand, have lost four of five.

Will that trend continue on Tuesday?

Here are a few things to watch during the game:

The Knicks didn’t have Jason Kidd in their first matchup against the Nets due to back spasms. Without Kidd, the Knicks offense became stagnant at times, particularly in the second half and overtime. New York had 14 assists in the game, a number Nets point guard Deron Williams matched on his own.

Kidd, 39, has been an important piece for the Knicks thus far.

Entering play Monday, Kidd had the second-best assist to turnover ratio in the NBA and the second-highest 3-point field goal percentage (50%). He also had the best true shooting percentage (a percentage that accounts for free-throws and 3-points) among NBA guards.

But Kidd's stats don't properly illustrate his impact on a game.

Mike Woodson’s said again and again that Kidd makes several plays that don’t show up in the stat sheet in each Knicks’ win.

Can the 18-year veteran do it again in Brooklyn on Tuesday?

GIVE HIM A HAND: Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence to score 34 in the Knicks’ win over Denver on Sunday.

Anthony started slowly, missing 12 of his first 17 shots as he got acclimated to the splint and athletic tape on the laceration on his left middle finger.

But Melo got it going in the fourth quarter, pouring in 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting to help New York hold off a tough Nuggets team.

Anthony had missed the last two games due to a cut he suffered after diving for a loose ball behind the Knicks’ bench last Wednesday in Charlotte.

The Brooklyn native is averaging 30.1 points in his last eight games and heard MVP chants the last time he was in Barclays.

Will he hear the same cheers on Tuesday?

BROOK’S STATUS? Nets center Brook Lopez will be a game-time decision on Tuesday because of a foot injury. Brooklyn has struggled in Lopez’s absence, going 1-4 in its last five games without the big man.

With Lopez out, the Nets gave up an average of 102.2 points per game. With Lopez, Brooklyn allowed an average of 90.7 points per game and went 10-4.

In the last Knicks-Nets game, Lopez had 20 points, 11 rebounds (7 offensive) and five blocks in Brooklyn’s overtime win.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2