The emphatic 103-80 victory gave Brooklyn their seventh win in eight games to start the new year, and it moved them to within five games of the .500 mark, just 2.5 games behind first-place Toronto in the Atlantic division.
For the second straight game, the Nets got a big game off the bench from Andray Blatche, who put up his second double-double in as many games Monday afternoon.
After the game, Blatche said that his strong play of late is just a product of hard work and confidence as the team starts to play a consistent, winning style of basketball.
[sny-box]"Just working hard and taking open shots when they come. Being aggressive and confident in the shot. [...] We've been hanging our hat on defense, putting more effort on defense, and offensively, get out and run."[/sny-box]
Blatche followed up a 20-point, 14-rebound performance in London with a 19-point, 12-rebound performance on Monday, as he shot 9-of-12 against the Knicks with only one miss from two-point territory all game long. He had two steals and a block at the Garden along with with that outstanding 82.1 Defensive Rating.
In the Nets' last two games, Blatche has put up 39 points on 63.3% shooting, with 26 rebounds, six assists, three steals, two blocks and a net plus/minus of +30. Always a threat on offense in any given game, he may have played one of the best defensive games of his career against the Knicks, a game that he called a "payback" game for Brooklyn after they were embarrassed in their own building back in early December.
No one can stay this hot forever, but if the big man can keep putting up performances like this on a semi-regular basis, every day may be Dray Day at the Barclays Center.