Knicks lose to Nets, 110–104
After winning six of their past seven and coming off of a strong victory against the Boston Celtics, the Carmelo Anthony-less Knicks fell to a 10-win Brooklyn Nets team under interim head coach Tony Brown.
The Knicks were pretty stagnant from 3, making 7 of 22 while Brooklyn hit 9 of 17. Brook Lopez had his way with his brother Robin on the offensive end.
Kristaps Porzingis had a poor shooting night (yet still finished with a double-double). Shane Larkin had revenge on his mind.
Afflalo played pretty poorly, even though he ended up with 18 points. Overall, a very ‘meh’ game.
In Anthony’s absence, Derrick Williams took every opportunity to take over as the offensive juggernaut. Williams tied a career high with 31 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, but his performance wasn’t enough to propel the Knicks to get back above .500. He did make a bunch of nice plays, though!
Here are some highlights:
Nice little continuation play here for the and-1. Derrick Williams loves contact, he’s not afraid to get whacked while taking a shot.
Derrick Williams alley oops give me life.
Globetrotter-like setup from Langston and emphatic finish from D-Will. Me likey.
Speaking of Galloway, more of this please. Pushing the pace off opposition misses is something we’ve been dying to see more of.
Love seeing the rookies play off each other, tricky little finish from Kristaps after Jerian feeds the ball over the fronting defender.
Here Kristaps gets the steal on the defensive end and then cleans up the shot on the other end for the and-1 opportunity.
Kristaps ended up playing 37(!) minutes, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but it was pretty clear he didn’t have his legs under him, having to play extended minutes with ‘Melo out.
Calderon had a solid night shooting (4–6 3P) finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but Derek Fisher chose to go with Jerian Grant in the closing minutes, much like the previous game.
Grant didn’t play nearly as well as he did in the last game, but still managed to finish with six points and three assists and two steals in 21 minutes of play.
The Knicks will travel to Memphis this Saturday to once again attempt to get back to .500. Carmelo Anthony is expected to play. Kristaps bless you.