Melo: Nets handled their business against Heat

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Nets halted a 13-game losing streak against the Heat Friday night, but Carmelo Anthony isn’t exactly shocked.

Carmelo Anthony“I would hope they do their job and win on their homecourt,” Anthony said Saturday at practice. “That’s what you’re supposed to do, win on your home court. They handled that.”

The Knicks and the Nets both played measuring-stick games in their second games of the season, with Anthony missing a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds Thursday when the Knicks lost at Chicago, 82-81.

One night later, the Nets won their measuring-stick game by holding on against LeBron James and the two-time defending NBA champs, 101-100.

“I watched the first quarter and a half,” Anthony said. “I think both teams were playing off adrenalin at that point. I heard they lost by one or two points. I don’t really know what happened.”

Both New York teams are 1-1 and play their first game Dec. 5 in Brooklyn.

Meantime, Anthony believes the Knicks can get back on the winning track with their next two games at home against Minnesota (2-0) and Charlotte (1-1).

“This next game is very important to us, especially on our homecourt,” Anthony said. “We want to protect our home court. Take it one game at a time. This next game is a real important game for us to bounce back after a tough loss in Chicago. We can come back and redeem ourselves.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.