Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets continued to roll with a 103-101 win over the New York Knicks Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Nets won for the fourth time in their last five games to even their record at 8-8 as Dinwiddie topped 20 points for the fifth straight game to extend a career-best streak.
With the Knicks within four points midway through the fourth quarter, Dinwiddie converted a drive, then made 2-of-3 free throws after a Knicks technical to put Brooklyn up 95-88, and they took that lead under the three-minute mark.
Jarrett Allen made 1-of-2 from the line to put the Nets up eight before two threes from Marcus Morris Sr. brought the Knicks within 96-94 with under two minutes to go. Dinwiddie answered again with a drive, but Wayne Ellington’s 3-pointer made it a one-point game.
This time it was Joe Harris on the drive for Brooklyn, putting the Nets up 100-97. Allen, fouled on a defensive rebound, made 1-of-2 again, giving the Nets a 101-97 lead with 43.3 seconds remaining. After a Randle drive for a dunk, two Harris free throws put Brooklyn up 103-99 with 6.8 seconds left.
Dinwiddie posted a game-high 30 points, including 13-of-14 from the free throw line
Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince each posted double-doubles. Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Prince had 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was the sixth double-double of the season for Allen, the third-year center. Harris added 13 for the Nets and Garrett Temple had 12.
The Nets led by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 52-46 lead into the break.
Dinwiddie and Allen split 18 of Brooklyn’s first 21 points as the Nets jumped out to a 29-15 lead late in the first quarter. Dinwiddie hit three of his first four threes and the Nets made 4-of-9 beyond the arc in the first quarter in taking a 29-22 lead into the second.
The Knicks turned their 7-0 burst to end the first quarter into a 15-0 run and a 30-29 lead before Temple responded with a 3-pointer for Brooklyn. Trailing 33-32, the Nets put together 14-2 run to jump back into a double-digit lead.
Prince had 10 points in the run, including a 3-pointer that capped the stretch and put the Nets 46-35. Dinwiddie scored Brooklyn’s final six points of the half to give him 19 at halftime, and keep the Nets up by six.
The Knicks evened things at 61 early in the third quarter before the Nets outscored them 21-11 over the final 7:30 of the quarter to take an 82-72 lead into the fourth quarter.