Knicks 88, Nets 82: Knicks Complete Preseason Sweep Of Nets

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New York Knicks vs. New Jersey Nets: Preseason Wraps Up At MSG

The New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets will finish their short two-game preseason schedule when they meet Wednesday night at the revamped Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. The Knicks won the first meeting on Saturday 92-83 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

This presents the final tune up for both teams before they kick off the shortened 2011-12 NBA season. The Knicks open their regular season Christmas day against the Boston Celtics, while the Nets head down to the nation's capital on Monday to face the Washington Wizards.

New York will attempt to finalize the guards that will start next to their star front court of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson ChandlerLandry Fields and Tony Douglas look like the safe bets to get the nod this weekend, but that could change, especially if rookie Iman Shumpert turns in another solid performance. The newest Knick, Baron Davis, will eventually start at the point, but he is currently dealing with a back issue.

The only question mark in New Jersey's starting lineup was cleared up early on Wednesday when the team officially announced it had re-signed power forward Kris Humphries to a one-year deal. He could make an appearance against the Knicks at the World's Most Famous Arena to get his feet wet, but given his familiarity with coach Avery Johnson's system there's no need for him to be rushed into action.

The Nets have dropped five straight to the Knicks in the preseason dating back to 2008.

You can see the game locally on MSG.


Knicks 92, Nets 83: Knicks Come Out On Top In Sloppy Preseason Opener

The New York Knicks topped the New Jersey Nets 92-83 in the first game of the preseason at the Prudential Center in Newark thanks in part to 25 turnovers by the home team.

Renaldo Balkman led the Knicks with a game-high 20 points, Carmelo Anthony had 17 while Amar'e Stoudemire added 10 points and six rebounds in the first of the two preseason games these two teams will play before the NBA season kicks off on Christmas.  Tyson Chandler did a little bit of everything in his New York debut, scoring four points, grabbing four rebounds, three steals and swatting two shots.

Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow each scored 15 points for the Nets in defeat.  Lopez also had game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks.  Deron Williams finished with nine points, six assists and six of those 25 turnovers.

It should come as a surprise to no one that both teams were rusty from the beginning.  The Nets shot an ugly 2-for-14 from beyond the arc while the Knicks hit on just 41 percent from the field.

These two teams will meet again on Tuesday to wrap up the preseason at Madison Square Garden at 7pm.

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