On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the New York Knicks by a final score of 100-86.
The Skinny: Both teams only hit four of their first 11 shots, as they were jacking up deep outside shots, but the Nets held an early lead. Kris Humphries picked up a technical foul in the opening minutes after being too physical in battling J.R. Smith for a rebound. The Knicks took the lead on a 7-0 run and closed out the quarter with a three-point lead. Brooklyn shot just 35 percent from the field in the first quarter but started shooting better in the closing minutes.
The ?Bench Mob? helped the Nets pick up the offensive pace to start the second quarter, with Keith Bogans knocking down two three-pointers early in the frame. New York went on another 7-0 run to go back on top, but Joe Johnson answered with all eight points of a Nets? 8-0 run to regain the lead. With Carmelo Anthony, who was a game-time decision to play, heating up, the Knicks went on a 13-5 run to end the half leading by four. Melo had 17 first half points, and the game already featured 14 lead changes by halftime.