Nets Take First Game In IntraCity Rivalry
By Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)
This game was highly anticipated for a long time. They didn't meet on November 1, but November 26 became a day New York City basketball fans will remember for a long time.
Finally, the New York Knicks took on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center and boy did it live up to the hype.
What better way to end their first "new rivalry" game in overtime right? This game was as entertaining as the Twitter arguements amonsgt Knicks and Nets fans all throughout the evening, but everyone knew only one team would walk out victorious.
The Nets, improved to 7-1 at Barclays by defeating the cross river rival Knicks 96-89 and currently become the leaders in the Atlantic Divison at 9-4, tied with the Knicks.
Avery Johnson said it best by describing the atmosphere in the arena, "Every time some sort of Knicks contingency started a cheer, our fans got louder. This is what we've been dreaming about since I've been here. It's a nice feeling, and I'm glad we rewarded our fans with a victory. They deserved it."
The Knicks did receive a considerable amonunt of cheers, hencing asking the quesiton of whether this was a true "road game" for them. The crowd lost their minds when Anthony made a three pointer that hit the top of the backboard, as well as Chandler's put back dunk over two Nets defenders.
For the Nets, they got a resounding effort from Brook Lopez with 22 points, as well as from Deron Williams who posted up a double double with 16 points and 14 assists -- and unsung hero, Jerry Stackhouse, who hit four crucial three pointers for the Nets, one in the overtime session, finishing with 14 points.
On the Knicks side, Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 35 points on 11-25 FG's and a whopping 28 points from Tyson Chandler on 12-13 FG's.
The Knicks, already missing Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, were without Jason Kidd who was suffering from backspasms.
These two teams with meet twice in a week's span on December 11th at Barclays Center and December 19th at Madison Square Garden.