My Thoughts on the Battle of New York Part 4
January 21, 2013 in Nets Analysis
The Nets take the fourth game of this great new rivalry in the NBA this year with a well earned 88-85 victory over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. This was a game both teams could have easily won, it was just a matter of who wanted it more. Nets had a lead for most the game, Knicks fought back late in the third quarter to take the lead and from there on it was just a back an forth battle till the end, which came down to a huge Joe Johnson shot to take the lead and some free throws by Deron Williams to seal it.
The Nets really impressed me today. This was a great team victory. Brook Lopez was huge on both sides of the ball. He finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Deron Williams had a big game as well adding 12 assists and 14 points. Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans were big on the defensive side of the ball and Joe Johnson finally had the game I was waiting for him to have against the Knicks with 25 points. The Nets had some solid bench help from Keith Bogans and Kris Humphries who had his best game against the Knicks this year with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Everything clicked for all of these guys this game and this is a huge win moving forward. Ever since Avery Johnson got fired, this team has been rolling.
Now for the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony had another big game but still shot pretty poorly. He shot 11-29 for 29 points but the thing I was most impressed with was his season high 7 assists. Some of which were to Amare which is a good sign. He did however only have 2 points in the 4th quarter. JR Smith started really slow (2-10) but then finished strong with 16 points. He took some really bad shots in the second half but almost hit the 3 to tie at the buzzer. Amare was the next most impressive Knick with 15 points (6-10 shooting but a poor 3-6 from the line) and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes which is the most he played all season. He is getting some of that explosiveness back. Chandler was quiet was 7 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Kidd did it all today with 11 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds, but only 1 assist. Iman Shumpert looked alright in his second game back with 20 minutes played, 1-6 shooting, 2 points, 1 steal, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds. Copeland (5 points) and Novak (0 points) were also very quiet.
This was the last game these teams will meet this season, splitting it 2-2 with the Nets taking the first, the Knicks winning the next two and the Nets winning today. I am very excited for the future of this rivalry and we can only hope that these two teams can meet in the playoffs.