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