The New York Knicks split two games over the weekend, falling to the Chicago Bulls on Friday before rebounding to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets grabbed a hard-fought win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
The Knicks and Bulls engaged in a battle on Friday that evoked memories of the tussles between the two teams back in the 1990s. Chicago dominated much of the game, but things got chippy in the second half, leading to numerous ejections. New York made it close at the end, but fell 110-106 for just their second loss at Madison Square Garden on the season.
Back at the Garden on Sunday, the Knicks rallied to beat the Timberwolves 94-91. Minnesota was without Kevin Love, but still led for much of the game until Carmelo Anthony took over in the fourth quarter. Anthony scored 19 of his game-high 33 points in the final frame.
Over at the Barclays Center, the Nets started slow against the Sixers before recovering and leading for nearly the entire game in a 95-92 victory. Joe Johnson was one of six Nets in double figures with 22 points.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Division, the Boston Celtics fell 99-94 in overtime to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Also, the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 93-90 for their fifth straight victory.