NETS 112, KNICKS 104
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20, leading the Nets to a 112-104 victory over the Knicks on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris added 11 as the Nets won their second straight game, improving to 10-18.
Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points, and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each added 12 for the Knicks, who have lost three straight and five of six.
“My Sunday will be a heck of a lot better,” the Nets’ Kenny Atkinson said. “We call it a Q of L win. Quality of life win. We feel a little bit better and everything tastes a little better.”
The Nets were coming off an emotional overtime win over Toronto on Friday, while the Knicks had not played since Thursday. In this game, it was the Nets who were the better, more in-sync squad.
“I just love the spirit of this group,” Atkinson said. “A great win against Toronto. Beating the Knicks on the road. It’s a great job by our guys.”
They used crisp passing to create open shots when they were not driving the lane for layups and drawing fouls. The team made 48.9 percent of its shots from the field (43 for 88) and 50 percent of its 3-pointers (11 for 22)
.The Knicks, meanwhile, knocked down 47 percent of their shots (39 for 83) but missed 18 of 26 from 3-point range (30.8 percent)
.Each team shot 60 percent from the free-throw line. The Nets made 15 of 25 from the line; the Knicks were 18 for 30.
The Nets led by 10 points, 56-46, at halftime and extended their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.
“I was searching that whole game for a lineup that could compete defensively and move the ball offensively,” Knicks Coach David Fizdale said. “We were in mud for two and a half or three quarters of that game.”
This season, the Nets have not show the ability to close out opponents, while the Knicks have fought back from deficits. Both happened in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks cut the deficit to 5 points, 101-96, on a layup by Frank Ntilikina.
But on the Knicks’ next possession, Dotson missed a driving reverse layup, and on the counterattack Hollis-Jefferson was awarded a basket as Mitchell Robinson was called for defensive goaltending. Immediately after that sequence, Ntilikina missed a 3, and Crabbe countered with a basket from behind the arc that pushed the advantage to 10 points, 106-96.
Still, the Knicks hung in. After Dinwiddie dropped in a layup that extended the Nets’ lead to 110-98 with 2 minutes 16 seconds left, the Knicks scored the next 6 points and closed the deficit to 110-104.
Dinwiddie’s driving dunk following a timeout put the game away.