Tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Knicks (9-4) were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets (9-4) by the score of 96-89 in Overtime. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 35 points on 11-25 shooting with 13 rebounds playing 50 of the 53 possible minutes. He did miss a jump shot with the game tied and five seconds remaining in regulation.
Raymond Felton was 3-19 from the field for eight points, five assists and five turnovers. Jason Kidd missed the game tonight with back spasms.
Tyson Chander had a season high 28 points on 12-13 shooting from the field along with 10 rebounds which was second on team to Anthony.
Brook Lopez led the Nets in scoring with 22 points on 9-20 shooting with 11 rebounds. Deron Williams added 16 points with 14 assists and six rebounds.
This was the Knicks first loss this season against the Eastern Conference and the Knicks are now 4-4 on the road this season.
The Knicks were outscored 15-5 over the final 90 seconds of regulation and overtime.
This was a game that had an intensity that you know deep down you would love to see again come playoff time. Its frustrating to lose this game, wanting to make a statement on the new team’s home court but they got tired at the end and just fell short.
I was only six years old and don’t remember the night John Starks couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat in the 1994 NBA Finals but I have to imagine that watching Raymond Felton tonight shoot the Knicks out of this game had most of you thinking about that game and performance. Felton has been very good for the Knicks and considering he has been the most vocal about the Nets this off season and the rivalry he picked a bad game to be awful. His shooting time and time again in the fourth quarter and his overall decision making was god awful, considering his 1:1 Assist to Turnover ratio. With Brandon Jennings looming on Wednesday it’s gonna be fascinating to see how Felton bounces back.
Losing Jason Kidd tonight was huge and it showed that the Knicks missed his veteran savvy and passing ability at times with the offense becoming stagnant. The faster he can get over his back spasms the better because the Knicks need him on the court and not the bench.
Carmelo Anthony normally gets a couple of long breaks to begin the second quarter and the fourth quarter and those can be nice when its the second game of a back to back but with the way the Knicks were playing without him the rest was gonna have to come when there was a timeout or free throws tonight. He played hard and kept the Knicks in the game for the most part with his 35 points but his 10-16 from the line was a killer and the fact Felton didn’t get him the ball more also hurt. Anthony definitely ran out of gas as the game came to the end and he had a good look at the rim on his miss but was short and that he was tired could have played a factor.
Tyson Chandler was brilliant tonight. He battled for every loose ball, followed up shots time and time again and was key to the Knicks staying in this game in the fourth. 28 points on 12-13 shooting and 4-4 from the line is pretty impressive and did a good job for the most part on Brook Lopez. Chandler has been questioned a lot this season and for good reason, especially recently, but he was great tonight and if he is hurt, you didn’t know it.
The Knicks bench only scored 13 points while Jerry Stackhouse scored 14 by himself off the bench for the Nets. The Nets bench outplayed the Knicks bench and was making big shots when the Nets needed them. They outscored them 30-13 and Reggie Evans who loves to flop like a fish out of water had 14 rebounds in only 17 minutes.
The Nets are going to be a team to reckon with in the East it seems and as they play more and more games with each other they can get better. Joe Johnson needs to wake up and realize that being a highly paid player that doesn’t produce wont help his team or endear him to his fan base. Deron Williams is still in his shooting slump but while Felton was being detrimental to the team, Williams was dishing out 14 assists and controlling the Nets offense. The next game between these two teams can’t come fast enough.
This felt like losing a playoff game but we also have to put it in a little bit of perspective consider it was only the 13th game of the season. Lets see if Kidd can come back from his injury and if the Knicks can bounce back against a team in the Bucks that usually gives them a lot of trouble.
Coming up next, the Knicks will head to the home of Steve Novak, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday night as they take on Brandon Jennings and the Bucks, at 8:00 PM. The game will be on MSG