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Game 25 · December 19, 2012 · Madison Square Garden · Manhattan
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Knicks 26 26 23 25 100
NETS 23 25 19 19 86
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By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
NEW YORK—Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.

After two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half. Anthony, who missed two games with a sprained left ankle, moved fine and shot well, though his scoring average against the Nets this season actually dropped to 37 points per game.

Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.

By Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com
THE STAT: Without Steve Novak (flu-like symptoms), the Knicks shot 11-for-28 from beyond the arc, while the Nets were 10-for-25. Anthony was the most efficient Knicks player at 4-for-8.

TURNING POINT: The Knicks went on a 25-7 run after trailing by four points in the third to go ahead 82-68 early in the fourth. They closed the third period on a 18-6 spurt and led 75-67 after three. New York outscored Brooklyn 48-38 in the second half.

Read the full Game Notebook on NBA.com.

Deron Williams' 17-point, 10-assist double-double marked his team-leading seventh...Brook Lopez (16 points, 8-18 FGs) also reached a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds...Guard Keith Bogans came off the bench to score 11 points (4-6 FGs, 3-5 3Ps) in 21 minutes.

Brooklyn Nets

G · Deron Williams G · Joe Johnson F · Gerald Wallace F · Kris Humphries C · Brook Lopez
Josh Childress (sore left foot) is OUT.
Jerry Stackhouse (sore right knee) is OUT.

New York Knicks

G · Raymond Felton G · Jason Kidd F · Ronnie Brewer F · Carmelo Anthony C · Tyson Chandler
Steve Novak (Flu-like symptoms) is OUT.
Marcus Camby (Sore left foot) is OUT.
Iman Shumpert (Torn left ACL and meniscus) is OUT.
Amar'e Stoudemire (left knee debridement) is OUT.
Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) is OUT.

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Keith Bogans
11 PTS, 20 MIN
4-6 FGs, 3-5 3Ps

Joe Johnson
"It's very tough and frustrating, considering the fact I know we're not the team that has lost eight of the last 10. The way we started, the way the ball was moving, the way we were playing defensively, you couldn't tell me, man, that at this point we'd be right at about .500. I had no clue of that."

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