Notebook: Knicks 100, Nets 97



Posted Dec 12, 2012 1:05 AM

By Jake Appleman, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: In a tense second rendition of the Battle of the Boroughs, the Knicks emerged victorious over the Nets 100-97. A 3-pointer from Jason Kidd (converted while getting fouled by Jerry Stackhouse) with 24 seconds remaining provided the difference. Carmelo Anthony poured in a season-high 45 points as the Knicks (16-5) fought back from a 17-point deficit with Anthony and Kidd (18 points) combining to shoot 11-for-15 from long range. Andray Blatche led the Nets (11-9) with a season-high 23 points in under 30 minutes, while Deron Williams registered 18 points and 10 assists.

QUOTABLE: "I would say, in a perfect world, they should only make seven or eight 3s tonight, not 14."

-- Nets coach Avery Johnson

THE STAT: The Knicks (14-for-28) scored 30 more points from behind the arc than the Nets (4-for-18). Two of the Nets' 3-point attempts came on the game's final possession.

TURNING POINT: Kidd's 4-point play chance on his eventual game-winning 3 -- he missed the free throw -- set up opportunities for Gerald Wallace (17 points) and then Williams to send the game to overtime, but both players misfired.

QUOTABLE II: "It's kind of a trigger effect from Carmelo having a big night, which is why we tried to make sure that he didn't get another look."

-- Jerry Stackhouse on Kidd's game-winning 3-pointer

INSIDE THE ARENA: Michael Rapaport, Spike Lee, Itzhak Perlman, Rosie Perez, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson, attended the game. ... The crowd was either passionately pro-Knicks, or the Knicks fans were just louder than the Nets fans.

ROOKIE WATCH: Pablo Prigioni made a minimal statistical impact in nine-plus minutes of action, tallying three rebounds and an assist.

NOTABLE: Blatche scored 12 of the first 21 Nets points, as the home team jumped out to a 21-5 lead. ... The Nets outscored the Knicks 18-2 in the paint in the first quarter and 48-20 for the game. ... After scoring a career-high 28 in their first encounter, it took Tyson Chandler over 20 minutes of action to score his first points, but it was his back-tap that enabled Kidd to drain the winning shot. ... Reggie Evans snared a season-high 18 rebounds. ... MarShon Brooks (9 points) had his second consecutive efficient game off the Nets' bench. ... Steve Novak took 1 shot in 21 minutes of action. ... Kidd added 6 assists without a turnover to round out his virtuoso offensive performance.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Thursday vs. LA Lakers, Saturday vs. Cleveland, Monday vs. Houston. For the Nets, Wednesday @ Toronto, Friday vs. Detroit, Saturday @ Chicago.