Knicks 116, Nets 93: Anthony Dominates, Then Rests In Knicks' Victory Over Nets

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Knicks 116, Nets 93: Anthony's Dominant First Half Sees Knicks Cruise Past Nets

Anytime the New York Knicks can rest their starters for the entire fourth quarter and win a game by double digits, head coach Mike D’Antoni has to be a happy man. He was able to do that tonight as the Knicks thoroughly dominated the New Jersey Nets 116-93. Both teams were without key players, as the Knicks sat Amare Stoudemire, while the Nets were missing two starters of their own, Deron Williams and Kris Humpries. Carmelo Anthony had a dominant first half, notching a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds before the break. He finished with 25 and 14.

Brook Lopez was the Nets’ top scorer with 27 points, but his rebounding struggles continued as he collected just two boards. The Knicks took advantage of a Nets defense that simply didn’t show up. Anthony was scoring in bunches in the first half, either knocking down threes or getting three the old fashioned way. New York continued its remarkable shooting from long range, hitting 15 from behind the arc. Seven players hit three-point shots. While the Knicks’ defense is consistently disappointing, if they can shoot the way they have in this six game winning streak in the playoffs, they will be a tough out.

The win was the Knicks’ sixth in a row, improving their record to 41-38. They guaranteed themselves at least a .500-record for the 2011 season, a minor but important accomplishment for the franchise. Up next on the Knicks’ schedule is a trip to the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers, before finishing up the season at home against Chicago and on the road in Boston.


Stoudemire Ruled Out, Billups Expected to Play

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire has been ruled out of tonight’s game with the New Jersey Nets with a sprained ankle he suffered in Wednesday’s victory over the Philadephia 76ers. Chauncey Billups, who re-injured his thigh on Wednesday, is expected to play.

Stoudemire’s only other regular season game missed was the Knicks’ last visit to the Prudential Center, a 105-95 win for the pre-Carmelo win for the Knicks back on February 12.

The Nets are also missing a big star, as it was announced that Deron Williams will undergo wrist surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.


New York Knicks at New Jersey Nets: Potentially Shorthanded Knicks Look Try To Win Sixth Straight

UPDATE (11:35 AM): Amare Stoudemire has been ruled out of tonight's game, but Chauncey Billup


For one night, the Knicks' Big Three could be reduced to the Big One. Carmelo Anthony may be left alone as the Knicks' top gun when the team visits New Jersey to take on the Nets tonight, in Anthony's first appearance there as a Knicks. In New York's victory on Wednesday night over the Philadelphia 76ers, Chauncey Billups and Amare Stoudemire both sustained injuries that have listed them as questionable for tonight's game. Billups re-injured the same thigh that sidelined him early in his Knick tenure, and Stoudemire could miss just his second game of the year with a sprained ankle.

The Nets are banged up as well, as starters Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow and Kris "Mr. Kardashian" Humphries all missed the Nets' Wednesday loss in Detroit, and Williams has since been ruled out for the rest of the season. The game sets up perfectly for Anthony, who has been on fire as of late. 'Melo is enjoying his best shooting stretch since becoming a Knick, and perhaps his best of the season. He has shot an astounding 51.6% from behind the arc in his past five games, where he's averaged 31.4 points-per-game and 9 rebounds per, all Knick wins.

When the Knicks went on their brutal 1-9 stretch before this five game unbeaten streak, a positive record at the end of the season seemed in question. But With four games remaining on the Knicks' schedule, the Knicks need to go just 1-3 to ensure they finish with an over .500 record. With road games at Indiana and Boston on the horizon, and a home date with the Bulls, the Knicks best chance for that one win is likely tonight, especially as the Nets are without Williams, their only truly great player. This may be Anthony's first game in Jersey since he basically told the franchise it wasn't good enough for him, but it's not expected to be a raucous atmosphere. Expect to see a lot of orange and blue in the Prudential Center stands.

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