The New York Knicks won a thriller against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night to avenge an earlier overtime loss, but the Nets bounced back by ending a five-game losing streak Wednesday night in Toronto.
There's debate afoot about whether or not Knicks-Nets is a rivalry. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but nobody can deny that it's made for a pair of entertaining basketball games. Tuesday night saw the Nets open up a commanding 16-point lead in the first quarter, but the Knicks chipped away and away to set the stage for a thrilling finish. Carmelo Anthony had 45 points, but Jason Kidd stole the show by hitting six threes, including one with 24 seconds left to give the Knicks a 100-97 lead that would hold until the buzzer. Even with Brook Lopez out, the Nets dominated inside, with Andray Blatche scoring 12 in the first quarter before finishing with 23 and Reggie Evans grabbing 18 boards, but New York continued their unreal shooting on the season thus far by hitting 14 threes on only 28 attempts.
New York had Wednesday off with the Eastern Conference's best record well in hand, but Brooklyn crossed the border to play Toronto. The plotlines were reversed, with the Nets entering the half down eight thanks to a nice interior performance by Ed Davis, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but hot shooting from the Nets brought them back. Joe Johnson finished with 23, and C.J. Watson was perfect from downtown on four attempts.
Here's a look at this week's scores for both area teams:
Tuesday, Dec. 11: New York, 100, Brooklyn, 97
Wednesday, Dec. 12: Brooklyn, 94, Toronto, 88