[sny-box] The Least You Should Know
The Knicks dominated right from the get go, shooting almost 60% from behind the arc.
Five Knicks scored in double digits, including Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Carmelo Anthony who led the team with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Nets were the team that we had heard about over the last few weeks. They played very little defense and let the Knicks score at will both inside and outside.
Andrea Bargnani and Kevin Garnett got into it in the second half and Bargnani was later ejected by Joe Crawford after hitting a 3-pointer in Garnett's face.
Amare Stoudemire played a fantastic game, shooting 5 for 6 from the field and adding an explosiveness that we haven't seen since the middle of last year.[/sny-box]
After dropping each of the last two games by a combined six points, the Knicks finally broke through to snap their nine-game losing streak with a convincing 113-83 victory against the crosstown rival Nets.
Led by Carmelo Anthony and a season-best performance from Iman Shumpert, the Knicks (4-13) ran over the Nets (5-14) with a dominant second half. And while no player may say it, ending the losing streak against the Nets may be especially sweet.
New York finally found a rhythm with its perimeter shooting, connecting a season-best 16 3-pointers for a 59-percent mark. Last season the Knicks not only led the NBA in made 3s but set a league record with their total.
One key contributor in that area was Shumpert, the subject of numerous trade rumors. Shumpert made five buckets -- all from downtown -- and finished with a season-high 17 points. Shumpert scored 18 points in the past two contests combined.
Anthony continued to post stellar numbers, as he scored 19 points and grabbed a team-high 10 boards in the victory. Anthony averaged 36 points and 10 rebounds against the Nets last year.
Four of the Knicks' starting five and a pair of bench players scored in double-digits Thursday night, exploiting a Brooklyn team surrendering 105 points per game. Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Amare Stoudemire each reached double-figures as the Knicks put forth their second-highest scoring output of the season.
Bargnani was ejected in the fourth quarter, but left to a crowd roaring in his support of his defense of Nets forward Kevin Garnett. You read that correctly -- Knicks fans cheered for Bargnani.
Brook Lopez continued his dominance of the Knicks. Lopez, who averaged 17-10 vs. New York in 2012-13, had a team-high 24-9 tonight. Joe Johnson added 13, while Garnett posted 6-6.
Next game: The Knicks play host to the Orlando Magic Friday at 7:30 p.m.