Nets blow out Knicks as every Brooklyn player gets in scoring column

Andray Blatche
Andray Blatche had a big game off the bench for the Nets against the Knicks.
Credit: Getty Images

The Knicks continued their trend of playing flat in early tip-offs as they were hammered by intracity rival Brooklyn, 103-80.

Brooklyn (17-22) was led by swingman Joe Johnson’s 25 points, as he had his way with whichever Knicks’ defender had the misfortune of defending him. Johnson had 12 points in the first quarter — at one point equaling the entire Knicks’ output — and never looked back as he shot an efficient 8-of-15 from the field.

The Knicks (15-26) were led by Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points, but he received next to nothing from his supporting cast. J.R. Smith and rookie guard Tim Hardaway Jr. were the only other teammates to surpass double figures in scoring, adding 15 and 11 points, respectively.

The Knicks shot a paltry 33.8 percent from the field and showed little effort, as they suffered through their fourth straight loss.

Brooklyn’s supporting cast, however, had a combined 50 points, led by forward Andray Blatche’s 19 points, as every Nets player who checked in registered a point.

The Nets dominated their rivals so badly that future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett weren’t even needed. Pierce tallied just three points on in 27 minutes, while Garnett recorded just six points in 17 minutes. Both were long stapled to the bench for needed rest, as the Nets upped their lead to as much as 23 points early in the fourth quarter.

New York’s sluggish ways aren’t uncommon in matinee affairs, but their collective assist-to-turnover ratio of 13 assists to 16 giveaways was a great indicator that nobody was fully engaged.

Not even the return of their usual sparkplug, point guard Pablo Prigioni, could help the Knicks. Prigioni, who missed weeks with a foot injury, got the start alongside Raymond Felton but was equally ineffective registering just two points to go with two assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes of action.

What we saw …

1. Anthony got next to nothing from his supporting cast, but the biggest culprit might’ve been Felton, who has struggled mightily lately. Felton was roundly outplayed by his Nets’ counterparts, as he registered just nine points on 2-of-11 shooting and also added a meager six assists to go with his three turnovers.

2. Felton wasn’t the lone problem, as the Knicks as a whole failed to execute the simplest of tasks. New York collectively produced just 13 assists on their 24 made field goals and committed 17 turnovers — including an alarming seven in the opening quarter — to set the futile tone. Felton’s assists actually led the way for the Knicks to give an indication of the lack of sharing and ball movement.

3. Brooklyn received a little bit of something from everyone who checked in the game, as each participant who played registered a point and rebound. While it wasn’t an overwhelming all-around effort for the Nets, they showed they have quality depth to get back into the Atlantic Division race. The Nets’ bench outproduced the Knicks’ reserves, 50-33, led by Blatche’s 19 points. Usual starting point guard Deron Williams came off the bench in his first action in five games and added 13 points in 27 minutes of action.

Follow Knicks beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.