The Nets opened up a 3-point barrage on Sunday night at Barclays Center. Brooklyn connected on 8-of-9 shots behind the arc and Brook Lopez accounted for 15 points from deep to provide the home team with a 39-26 lead after one quarter of play. Lopez returned to the lineup after a one game absence (ankle), which resulted in a prolific 15-point first half performance. The Nets led by as much as 22 before New York mounted a comeback in the third frame. The Knicks rattled off a 15-4 run in the middle of the third period to jump back into the contest and they even trimmed Brooklyn’s advantage to just five points with 5:09 left in the game. However, Kristaps Porzingis fouled out at the 3:55 mark and Jeremy Lin hit a midrange bucket to seal the 120-112 win for the Nets. Lopez finished with a team-high 25 points as Brooklyn notched its first victory over the Knicks this season.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final quarter. The All-Star grabbed seven boards and hit 6-of-7 shots from the free throw line in 37 minutes of court time.
Porzingis dropped 19 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. Derrick Rose added 17 points, Courtney Lee registered 15, and Lance Thomas posted 13 off the pine.
News and Notes:
Carmelo Anthony joined the 10K points club on Sunday night as he sits in seventh place on the Knicks all-time scoring list.
Brooklyn shot the ball extremely well from the long range. Incredibly, the Nets tallied 19-of-38 shots for a better shooting percentage from downtown than the field (46%) in the Sunday night win.
Following the back-to-back, the Knicks will have a day off to recover before returning to Madison Square Garden to host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. Watch all the action on MSG Network at 7:30 PM.
by Jonah Ballow