Knicks 92, Nets 83
Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in three quarters, rookie Iman
Shumpert added 16, and the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets
92-83 on Saturday in the preseason opener for both teams.
Renaldo Balkman had 20 points for the Knicks, who got only 10
points on 3-of-11 shooting from Amare Stoudemire. But they got a
strong effort from their reserves, with Shumpert, the first-round
pick from Georgia Tech, outplaying starting guards Toney Douglas
and Landry Fields.
Tyson Chandler, who helped Dallas win the NBA title before
coming to New York in a sign-and-trade, had four points, four
rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.
Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow each scored 15 for the Nets, but
All-Star guard Deron Williams shot just 4 of 12 and scored nine.
The Nets are hoping to trade for Dwight Howard, but in the meantime
appear short on talent beyond Williams and Lopez.
Mike Bibby’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave the
Knicks a 69-66 lead, and Balkman scored the first seven points of
the fourth as New York pulled away.
The teams meet again Wednesday night at Madison Square