The Nets jumped on the Knicks in Brooklyn early. The Knicks struggled defensively. They spent the rest of the half cutting away at the lead slowly. A 14 point lead was cut to 4 by the break.
Carmelo Anthony scored 45 and has dominated the Nets this season. He shot an impressive 15 for 24 including 5 for 7 from three. He took over in the fourth. He moved effectively without the ball. He drive effectively off picks. He shot effectively. He was effective.
Jason Kidd also played extremely well. 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists on 6 for 9 shootinmg give some indication, but perhaps an example would work better. With under a minute to go, Kidd shot a three while throwing his legs in the air as if he were performing jumping jacks. The ball went int he hoop and a defensive foul was assessed to the Nets.
J.R. Smith continued to miss threes, but he was the only other Knick to hit double figures and shot better. He was 7 for 15 from the field for 16 points. The Knicks have won this season thanks to great team ball. Not in this one. New York won thanks to Anthony's greatness and Kidd's intelligence.
The Knicks had 20 assists and turned the ball over 10 times. The Nets' numbers were comparable. Three pointers were the statistical difference. The Knicks shot 50% (14 for 28). The Nets were 4 for 18 for 22.2%.
Deron Williams moved the ball well. Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson shot well. But Anthony controlled the game. He nailed a turn around jumper when Gerald Wallace went down after banging knees with Smith. The Nets missed a last second three to tie the game. The Knicks won 100-97 in what sometimes seemed like a Knicks home game. The Knicks are now 16-5.