After another exciting game in the second showdown featuring the Knicks and Nets, it would be the Knicks who would come out on top in front of a packed house in the Barclays Center earning a 100-97 victory. Carmelo Anthony recorded a season-high of 45 points on 15-24 shooting while Jason Kidd contributed 18 points on 6-8 shooting from downtown along with six rebounds and six assists. And the sixth man J.R. Smith added 16 points off the bench as the Knicks (16-5) sent the reeling Nets (11-9) home scratching their heads after throwing a game in which they looked to have control of right from the opening tap. They were led by Andray Blatche’s 23 points and four rebounds while Deron Williams added 18 points and 10 assists on a meager 42% shooting. Williams’ backcourt teammate Joe Johnson had an all around game, adding 16 points five rebounds and four assists, but it still wasn’t enough for Brooklyn to hold onto their bragging rights as the kings of New York.
This game featured wild swings of momentum by both the players and the crowd as the Nets jumped out early on top dominating a sluggish Knicks in the 1st quarter outscoring the Knicks 30-16 while dictating the pace of the game and an outcome that seemed to be headed in their favor.