Nets hand Knicks 5th straight loss

New York, NY ( – Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight
rebounds, Joe Johnson added 22 points, eight boards, six assists and three
steals and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 98-93 on Tuesday

Deron Williams posted 19 points, five boards and five helpers for the Nets,
who are 3-2 on the heels of a five-game losing streak.

Carmelo Anthony tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for New York,
which has dropped five straight to fall to 4-15 on the season.

The Knicks trailed by as many as 16 in the second half and 13 in the fourth
quarter when Jarrett Jack’s jumper staked Brooklyn to an 81-68 advantage with
9:27 left.

New York responded with an 11-2 run, with Pablo Prigioni’s 3-pointer capping
the surge and clawing it within 83-79 midway through the frame. The Nets
countered by scoring the next six points as Johnson’s left baseline floater
and running layup in the paint increasing their cushion to 89-79 with 4:29 to

A Jose Calderon trey whittled the gap to 94-91 with 1:19 to go and Johnson
turned the ball over at the other end. Cole Aldrich missed a layup, but got
his own miss and dished to Anthony beyond the arc, but his triple didn’t drop.
Johnson sunk a pair of free throws at the other end before Calderon hit a
jumper on New York’s ensuing touch to get it within 96-93 with 41 seconds

Kevin Garnett was unable to finish a layup but Anthony misfired from beyond
the arc for the Knicks and Johnson sunk two free throws to seal the outcome
with 4.5 seconds on the clock.

Earlier, Brooklyn raced out to a 10-2 start and led 27-18 after a quarter of

The Nets were up 49-45 heading into the break and took an 77-64 cushion into
the fourth.

Game Notes

Brooklyn held a 49-40 rebounding advantage … The Knicks scored 22 points off
14 Nets turnovers … The Nets had a 48-26 points in the paint advantage …
New York was 12-of-14 from the foul line.