Last season, the Brooklyn Nets swept the New York Knicks in their four meetings. New York made sure no déjà-vs occurred this season, topping the Nets at Madison Square Garden and defending home court.
The Knickboxers started off with a spark and set some season high records early on. They erupted for a 42 point first period; three points shy of their highest franchise scoring quarter. New York converted on seven three pointers and went on a 14-0 run during the first 12 minutes of the game. At halftime, the Knicks were up by 23 as they tallied a season high of points for any half with 64.
After New York outscored the Nets in the first three frames, Brooklyn went on a 14-0 run early in the fourth quarter. The run came to an end when Carmelo Anthony nailed two free throws. With 8:01 left in regulation, Joe Johnson would be ejected from the game after receiving a Flagrant two for elbowing Jose Calderon in the face. Although the Nets managed to outscore New York 24-16 in the fourth period, the early big deficiency would be too much to overcome. Anthony shot 50 percent from the field and hit 5 of 8 three pointers. Reigning Rookie of the Month Kristaps Porzingis notched his 10th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 boards. In his past six games, Porzingis has averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. Arron Afflalo chipped in 18 points. Calderon did not have a highlight scoring night by taking just two shots, but did conclude with 10 assists.
Brooklyn had allowed 91 points or lower in their previous three games, but New York easily broke that streak by draining a total of 12 three pointers and shooting 44 percent from downtown. Brook Lopez led his team with a double-double of 18 points and 11 boards. Thaddeus Young added 18 points while Johnson finished with nine. Former Knick Shane Larkin displayed an impressive hustle play on the opposing team’s fast break by rejecting Jerian Grant’s lay-up attempt. Larkin concluded with six points. Nets rookie Willie Reed made his NBA season debut and contributed eight points in 11 minutes of action. Brooklyn’s bench has shown offensive struggles in the past, but tonight, played efficiently, combining for a total of 36 points.
Robin Lopez had a message for Brook after improving to a 6-4 record when squaring off against his twin brother during their NBA Careers, “I’ll send him some flowers or a fruit of basket.”
New York will have a few hours to rest before going up against the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night at the Bradley Center. Gametime at 8:30 P.M. EST. Brooklyn will be back in action on Sunday, November 6th, to host the reigning champions Golden State Warriors at the Barclays Center. Tip-off shortly after 6:00 P.M. EST.