The Brooklyn Nets escaped the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on Monday night. This was the second meeting between the two neighboring teams, as the Nets got the best of the Knicks in their first matchup. This game went down to the wire as the Knicks showed their toughness and grit a lot more in this game. This effort and grittiness by Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks resulted in a very close and interesting finish. Despite a great showing from both New York and Brooklyn, the Nets came away with the win in the end. Final Score was 117-112, Nets win.
Right from the start, the Knicks came out firing on all cylinders, making most of their points behind the 3-point arc. Reggie Bullock was carrying the Knicks offensively in most of the 1st half, as he led all scorers with most threes. Both squads came right out of the gate with hot shooting, however both teams did it in different ways.
The Knicks used their shooters and physical strength and toughness to get their points. Whether it was their 3-point shooting or using their strength to get to the line more, they were killing the Nets. Even though they had not so pretty field goal percentages. The Knicks’ hustle made up for the large gap that was created in the 2nd quarter.
Brooklyn’s backcourt was unstoppable, with Kyrie Irving and James Harden leading the way. They also had guys like Jeff Green and Joe Harris help them carry the load offensively. Brooklyn’s hard drives and beautiful ball movement lead to easy, open shots from three. As well as shots, they made their money inside, as their points in the paint were nowhere near as high compared to New York.
Wild Finish in New York
The Nets could not seem to run away with this game however, as the Knicks’ effort and hustle helped them inch closer and closer until the very end of the 4th quarter. The Knicks were also accompanied by the Nets’ sloppy turnovers and lazy perimeter defense. Brooklyn once again played down to their opponent.
By the final minutes of the game, the Nets finally pulled through and got multiple defensive stops together as a team. However, the game was lengthy as many timeouts, challenges, and stops in the game were called due to official reviews. The Nets narrowly escaped the Knicks.
This was a wild and controversial finish to a great game between the two up and coming New York teams. As both the Nets and Knicks improve during the 2020-2021 season, we may see more of a true rivalry brew in the boroughs.
Next Stop for Brooklyn
The Nets next game will be against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brooklyn will go against their former player, Caris LeVert, for the first time ever. This should be great to witness as Caris can have his revenge game, and Brooklyn Nets fans can watch their beloved ex-Net play. Wednesday night’s game will be at 7:00PM EST on YES Network.
Kyrie Irving– 34 points, 4 assists, 13/18 FG, 4/6 3PT in 37 minutes
James Harden– 21 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists, 6/15 FG in 39 minutes
Jeff Green– 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 8/11 FG, 35 minutes
New York Knicks:
Julius Randle– 33 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 13/27 FG, 3/6 steals in 41 minutes
Immanuel Quickley– 21 points, 6/19 FG, 4/12 3PT in 33 minutes
Reggie Bullock– 19 points, 6 rebounds, 7/12 FG, 5/10 3PT in 42 minutes