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Friday, December 6, 2013
Opening Tip: Knicks turn back the clock

By Ian Begley

There was a common theme coming out of the Knicks' locker room after Thursday's win over the Nets.

Many Knicks -- coach Mike Woodson included -- said the team's play reminded them of the 2012-13 team that won 54 games and a first-round playoff series. "It looked like the Knicks of old," Woodson said.

Even Nets coach, and former Knick, Jason Kidd agreed. "Tonight they looked a lot like they did last year," Kidd said.

Last season the Knicks raced out to an 18-6 start on the strength of ball movement, solid 3-point shooting and a low turnover rate. Their success Thursday was based on the same blueprint.

The Knicks hit 57 percent from the field and knocked down 16 of 27 3-pointers. They had 24 assists on 44 makes, and turned it over just 12 times. Six Knicks scored in double figures.

"Tonight was like the way I know that we can play, the way that we know we can play," Carmelo Anthony said.

Up now: The Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a win over the Nets on Thursday. They're still 4-13, but at least they're not the worst team in New York .

Ohm Youngmisuk writes that Thursday's win gives Woodson a chance to breathe. Could it be a springboard for this team to turn things around?

Iman Shumpert had his best game of the season. Andrea Bargnani also had a strong night. One of the highlights? His fourth-quarter skirmish with Kevin Garnett.

What's next: The Knicks will take on the Orlando Magic on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Question of the day: After what you saw Thursday, do you believe the Knicks can turn things around and play closer to the way they did last season?

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