Monday, November 26, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 96, Knicks 89 (OT)
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks lost Round 1 of the East River Rivalry on Monday night, in excruciating fashion.
They fell short in overtime in their first trip to Brooklyn, and also lost two starters to injury.
Ronnie Brewer left the game in the fourth quarter with a dislocated left ring finger, and Jason Kidd was unavailable due to lower back spasms. The severity of the injuries is unknown at this point.
As for the game, the Nets outscored the Knicks 12-5 in overtime. New York shot 2-for-6 in the extra frame with two turnovers and couldn't get much going on offense.
Carmelo Anthony (35 points) missed a pull-up jumper from the left wing with four seconds to play that could have won the game in regulation. Instead, the Knicks had to listen to chants of "Broook-lynnn, Broook-lynnn" and MVP chants for Deron Williams in the final moments of overtime.
Both teams were scheduled to open the regular season at brand-new Barclays Center on Nov. 1, but the game was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Anthony shot 11-for-25 on the night, but didn't have a field goal in the final seven minutes. He did, however, pull down 13 rebounds. Tyson Chandler finished with 28 points on 12-for-13 shooting, with 10 rebounds as well.
NO KIDDING AROUND: The Knicks were without Kidd for the first time all season, and his absence was felt. Mike Woodson went with a bigger starting lineup, inserting Kurt Thomas at power forward and moving Anthony to small forward and Brewer to shooting guard.
The Knicks (9-4) missed Kidd in particular on the offensive end. They finished with 14 assists on 33 makes, compared to 23 assists on 37 makes for the Nets (9-4). Williams outplayed Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, scoring 16 points and handing out 14 assists, compared to eight points (3-for-19 shooting) and five assists for Felton.
BK HITS BOARDS, NY HITS BACK: The Knicks were beaten badly on the offensive boards early on, thanks in large part to Nets reserve Reggie Evans. The Knicks' reserve bigs, Marcus Camby in particular, had a tough time keeping the 6-foot-8, 245-pound Evans off the glass. He finished with 12 rebounds, five on the offensive end,, as the Nets outrebounded the Knicks on the offensive glass 14-7 through three quarters. The Knicks did a better job in the final eight minutes of regulation, outrebounding the Nets 10-3 on the offensive end.
'SHEED STRUGGLES:Rasheed Wallace wasn't shy with his shot Monday -- and that wasn't a good thing for the Knicks. The 38-year-old veteran finished 2-for-11 for six points in 23 minutes. He pulled down eight rebounds, but the Knicks were outscored by eight when he was on the floor.
His former North Carolina teammate and fellow graybeard, Jerry Stackhouse, had a strong night for the Nets, finishing with 14 points -- including 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks likely will take Tuesday off to rest following their latest back-to-back games. They travel to Milwaukee on Wednesday to take on Brandon Jennings and an improved Bucks team. They then return home to take on the winless Wizards on Friday night.