If there was one word to describe this game, it would be “offense.”
The New York Knicks defeated the New Jersey Nets 111-100 at Madison Square Garden in their first of four meetings. The 111 points marks the most points the Nets have given up all season. The Nets are now 81-80 all-time against the Knicks.
The Nets were coming off a great win over the Trailblazers, but the Knicks have now won seven of their last eight games. New Jersey has now lost six straight road games and fall to 6-12 on the year.
The Nets jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, but the Knicks answered right back with a 9-0 run of their own. The first quarter was filled with offense on both sides and proved to be a back and forth battle early with many lead changes and ties.
Brook Lopez looked great early on, scoring 15 points in the first quarter on 5-of-8 shooting. However, the rest of the team only managed 13 points, and the Nets trailed 30-28 after one. Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton scored seven each for the Knicks.
Jordan Farmar, celebrating his 24th birthday, knocked in five straight points early in the second quarter to give the Nets the lead. Once again, the quarter was filled with lots of lead changes and ties. Devin Harris took over, creating many opportunities for his teammates.
Lopez continued his strong play, finishing the half with 21 points. Travis Outlaw got into the action with a few clutch buckets and recorded 10 points in the half. The pace quickened late in the first half on both sides of the floor, with both teams attacking the basket. The Knicks ended the half on a 6-0 run, but the Nets led 58-55 at the break.
The Knicks continued their run with four straight points to open the second half, but Devin Harris gave the Nets the lead after a three-point play.
About midway through the third quarter following a back and forth scramble for a few possessions, Kris Humphries landed on Harris’ left knee after trying to defend a Wilson Chandler lay-up. Harris was brought back to the locker room for further evaluation and did not return.
Harris’ injury was a huge momentum crusher for the Nets who saw the Knicks go on a 14-2 run and take their largest lead of the night at 10 points.
Amar’e Stoudemire began heating up in third quarter, scoring 10 points. Chandler had a double-double by the end of the third quarter with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks outscored the Nets 33-15 in the quarter and led 88-73 after three.
Farmar tried valiantly to fill the void left by Harris and scored a season-high 17 points, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. But the Knicks continued to answer back and maintain their lead.
Lopez finished with a season-high 36 points in the losing effort. The Knicks offensive attack was too much for Nets to handle, with Stoudemire finishing with 35, Chandler 27 and Felton 21.
The Nets will look to rebound Wednesday at home against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. New Jersey will need to improve defensively to have shot at containing the Thunder.
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Written by Jim Mancari
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