Knicks crush Nets in 1st meeting this season

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The "laughingstocks" won in a laugher.

The Knicks resembled the division champions of a season ago rather than the biggest losers in New York, outplaying and even outtalking the Brooklyn Nets, who look like the real Big Apple busts.

Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points, and the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with 113-83 romp Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the city rivals.

"I think everybody looked like they had that feeling that we were tired of losing," Anthony said. "It showed from the tipoff."

The Knicks (4-13) snapped a tie with the Nets (5-14) for most losses in New York, winning the game and the crowd with a dominant second half that had Spike Lee and the rest of the fans wearing blue and orange cheering perhaps the Knicks' most complete performance of the season.

Andrea Bargnani scored 16 before he was ejected in the fourth quarter, Knicks fans roaring in support of him standing up to Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who again played without Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, or much passion in the second half.

"We're struggling but we're going to come out of this, man, that's the only way to think," Garnett said. "I'm not going to think anything else."

The game was nationally televised, as all four matchups are this season, but neither team had been giving fans much reason to watch. Nets coach Jason Kidd said Tuesday that both teams "stink," and Anthony not only agreed but added that the Knicks were the "laughingstock" of the league.

Nobody was laughing at the Knicks on this night.

New York made a season-high 16 3-pointers in 27 attempts (59 percent), rediscovering a stroke that has been missing all season after it set an NBA record for makes in 2012-13, and led by as many as 34 points.

Shumpert, who has been the subject of trade rumors and has struggled, hit five 3s and added six rebounds.

The Nets hung in while the Knicks made 16 of their first 21 shots overall and trailed by only seven at halftime

"You've got to give the Knicks credit. They came (for) the season shooting around 32 percent. Tonight they looked like the team of last year where they made a lot of 3s," said Kidd, who played for the Knicks last season. "When they started the game off it didn't seem as if they were going to miss. But we stayed the course."



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