All the hype that preceded the clash of the boroughs was warranted in Brooklyn Monday night. The two rivals and new neighbors put on a show for 17,732 fans at the Barclays Center.
In fitting fashion, the contest between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division went to overtime. The Nets surged past the Knicks, 96-89, with the help of double-doubles from Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks competed to the final possession as the game never reached more than a seven-point disparity. Carmelo Anthony, who finished with a game-high 35 points, had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but his attempt sailed long.
The Nets won their first overtime game against the Knicks since 1992. They also moved to 9-4 on the season and into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Deron Williams lauded his team’s efforts but cautioned that one game should not make or break the Nets’ season.
“It’s one game and it was a good win for us, but we still have to play them a few more times and maybe in the playoffs,” Williams said. “We can’t just be excited like we won a championship… We won a game against a division rival and it was a great game for us. That’s about it.”
The Nets do receive style points, though.
They controlled the pace of play at times and forced the Knicks away from their uptempo, high-scoring style. Not more than 24 hours removed from a 121-100 win over the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks managed just 38.8 percent shooting from the field.
For a stretch between the third and fourth quarters, the Nets held the Knicks without a basket for 8:04 of gametime.
Knicks starting point guard Raymond Felton managed just 3-of-19 shooting while Rasheed Wallace and J.R. Smith combined to shoot 4-of-18.
Player of the Game Jerry Stackhouse
Consider Stackhouse the unsung hero.
Stackhouse did not have the effect Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, or Brook Lopez had, but he made timely plays that affected the outcome in the Nets’ favor.
Stackhouse broke an 86-86 tie in overtime with a corner three-pointer to give the Nets a lead they did not relinquish.
The veteran guard finished with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and a game-high plus-13 floor rating.
“Stackhouse, what more can I say,” Avery Johnson said. “Big threes. Every three was at the right time. He was in a good rhythm in his spots and he had really good energy… All of the credit goes to Stackhouse and our team.”
Stackhouse played 22:29, more minutes than MarShon Brooks (Did not play, coach’s decision), Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, and starter Kris Humphries.
“I still understand my role,” Stackhouse said. “In big games like this hopefully I can do this but we’re still grooming. We’ve got a lot of young guys that we’re trying to build for the future.”
Quote of the night
“I’m happy for them, they deserved to win, they played hard, they played against an outstanding team that’s a hot team, but there are no parades. There are no trophies right now.” – Avery Johnson