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Saturday, February 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 99, Nets 92

By Mike Mazzeo



Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks are terrible, but the Nets can't figure them out. New Jersey lost its fifth straight game to New York, 99-92 on Saturday night. The Nets (8-17) led by as many as 12 but couldn't contain Jeremy Lin -- who? -- and were outrebounded by the much taller Knicks, 48-39.

TURNING POINT: A 9-2 run late in the fourth quarter fueled the Knicks to victory.

EVERYBODY STILL HATES KRIS: Kris Humphries was booed every time he touched the ball -- again. But the boos provided the motivation for his 20-point, 12-rebound performance. Humphries was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, though.

D-WILL: Deron Williams got off to a strong start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. But he scored just 11 points the rest of the way, and finished 7-for-19 from the field. Williams filled up the stat sheet in other ways, dishing out 11 assists and adding six rebounds.

SIZZLING START The Nets scored a season-high tying 30 points in the first quarter and led by 10 after one. They went 5-for-10 from 3-point range in the opening stanza.

PLAY OF THE GAME: D-Will's behind-the-back-pass to Hump for a dunk that gave the Nets a 35-28 lead in the second quarter.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets started out 4-for-5 from 3-point range, but finished 6 for their last 21.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Bulls, 7:30 p.m. Monday.