Notebook: Knicks 109, Nets 98
April 16, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NBA PRESS RELEASE
THE FACT: The Knicks took the season series 3-1 over their crosstown rivals the Nets.
THE LEAD: The New York Knicks may be going home for the summer, but they're still relatively popular in Brooklyn. Per usual, Knicks and Nets fans shared the friendly confines of Barclays Center and a "Let's Go Knicks!" chant broke out late, as New York's two teams played a fourth straight blowout with the Knicks taking this one 109-98 Tuesday.
The Knicks adapted well without Carmelo Anthony (torn right labrum), beating the Nets at their own game by finishing 11-for-21 from behind the 3-point line and making a living at the foul line (34-for-40). Six Knicks finished in double figures. Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith (14 points apiece) did damage early, while Tim Hardaway Jr. (16) and Cole Aldrich (13) played well off the bench deep into garbage time. Marcus Thornton popped in a game-high 24 points for the Nets.
THE STAT: No Knick took more than 10 field goal attempts.
TURNING POINT: Hardaway Jr. sank a long 3-pointer that began an 8-0 run to end the first quarter, a spurt that put the Knicks up 11.
QUOTABLE: "Hopefully this will be something these guys can rest their heads on and take it through the summer because it's going to be irritating sitting at home watching playoff basketball."
QUOTABLE II: "Tonight was an example of how not to take a step forward."
ROOKIE WATCH: Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks in minutes (36) and points. ... Mason Plumlee continued to convert well around the rim, finishing with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
INSIDE THE ARENA: Bryan Bautista, an usher at Barclays Center, sang a stirring rendition of the national anthem. ... Rapper Nas and actor Michael K. Williams were in attendance.
NOTABLE: Pierce became the only active NBA player to record 1,000 points in 15 consecutive seasons.
UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Wednesday vs. Toronto. For the Nets, Wednesday @ Cleveland.