Nets 104, Knicks 95
Not only did the New Jersey Nets win, they had somewhat of a
See what happens when the NBA’s worst team gets its starting
five together for the first time since the second game of the
Brook Lopez had 21 points and 14 rebounds and the Nets snapped a
10-game losing streak with a 104-95 blowout of the New York Knicks
on Wednesday night.
“I looked down at the bench at one point and there must have
been seven or eight guys in sweats,” Lopez said. “It was good to
see. It was crowded unfortunately, it was uncomfortable.”
The Nets had a lot of comfort on the court with a lineup that
included Lopez, Yi Jianlian (22 points), Chris Douglas-Roberts
(17), Courtney Lee (10) and Devin Harris (17, eight assists and
The group shared the ball especially well, with all five
starters taking between 12 and 16 shots as New Jersey (3-29) ended
its second double-digit losing streak of the season.
“It’s good to get guys back in uniform and it’s good we have
all our weapons back and everybody is playing together,” Harris
said. “I thought our big guys controlled the paint tonight. Brook
was a force inside.”
Lopez is the Nets’ only starter to play in all 32 games. Lee is
next with 25, while Yi is the man having played in only eight
because of a knee injury and a cut lip.
The record reflects the absences. The Nets set an NBA record
opening the season with 18 straight losses.
“This is something to build on,” Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe
said. “We realize this is just one game but we’ve played for a few
games in a row.”
Reserve Al Harrington scored 25 to lead the Knicks, who failed
in their bid for their first 10-win month since January 2003. David
Lee added 24 points and 15 rebounds for New York, which also saw
its streak of holding opponents under 100 points end at 11
The Knicks looked sluggish playing the second of back-to-back
The last time the Nets played the Knicks on Dec. 6, they scored
a season-high 61 points in the first half, and then got blown out
in the second half.
This time, they put up 60 points, shot 62 percent from the field
and took a 60-53 halftime lead. Then, they didn’t stop in the third
quarter, opening with a 12-2 spurt to push the lead 72-55 on a dunk
by Lopez, who had nine points and nine rebounds in the quarter.
The Knicks had their chances in the fourth quarter when the Nets
only made six baskets, but they also struggled – hitting nine
baskets while turning the ball over seven times.
The closest the Knicks got was eight points, all in the final
“We have been pretty poor responding to runs this entire
season,” Lopez said. “It’s something we did very well tonight.
When they got down to single digits, we knew we had to lock up
defensively and get the lead back up.”
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said his team seemed to have a
hangover from its emotional win over Detroit on Tuesday and wasn’t
tough enough defensively.
“We were happy just scoring baskets and trading baskets,”
D’Antoni said. “Hopefully it’s a learning experience and we
understand that we can’t have lows like that. We can’t come out
soft and that’s what we did.”
New Jersey took control midway through the second quarter,
hitting nine straight shots from the field to open a 57-44 lead. Yi
had three baskets in the run and Douglas-Roberts two, the last on a
Lee kept the Knicks close, scoring eight of his 16 first-half
points including a layup in the final second of the half.
“It’s a tough game for us,” Lee said. “New Jersey’s got the
talent, that if they put it all together they can play a good game.
They started out hitting a lot of jumpshots. Lopez played well as
he always does. They just outplayed us.”
NOTES: Chris Duhon hit nothing but net on his first 3 3-point
attempts and then hit nothing on his fourth. He finished with 12
points. … Jared Jeffries had a bad night with the officials. He
had five fouls, a technical and no free throws. … The Knicks were
called for two defensive three-seconds technicals. Yi made both
shots and the one on the technical against Jeffries. …The Nets
only got 10 points from their bench, seven by Keyon Dooling.