Carmelo Anthony led the New York Knicks with 45 points to help them score a win over their newest rival, the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Jason Kidd broke a 97-97 tie with a three pointer with 18 seconds left and was fouled on the shot. He missed the free throw however and left the door open for a Nets three pointer to tie at the buzzer. But Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams missed potential tying threes.
New York improved their record to 16-5 while the Nets fell to 11-9. Andray Blatche led the Nets with 23 points and Deron Williams chipped in 18 points. The Nets and Knicks have quite the rivalry going in the Big Apple with these first two meetings, both of which went down to the wire, one won by each team.
”It is (a rivalry). I mean, after that first game, we might as well accept that,” Anthony said. ”It is what it is. They’re on our division, we see them four times a year. It is a rivalry. It’s great for New York to have that in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. When we come here it’s a battle. When they come there, it’s going to be a battle. We expect that.”
In other NBA action on Tuesday, The Los Angeles Clippers went to face the Chicago Bulls on the road and came out a winner 94-89. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 22 points, Chris Paul had 18 points, Matt Barnes added 14, and Jamal Crawford chipped in 10.
The Clippers have now won seven straight games and improved to 15-6 on the season. Chicago was led by Carlos Boozer with 24 points and fell to 11-9.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-94. Kyrie Irving made his return to the Cavs and scored 28 and 11 assists to lead them to victory. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 42 points and Dwight Howard added 19 but to no avail as the Lakers lost their third straight game and eighth in their last eleven. The Cavs are now 5-17 on the season.
The Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Hornets 77-70. The Wizards are now 3-15 while the Hornets fell to 5-15. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 26 points and Brad Beal added 15. No word yet if they offered fans who witnessed it a refund.
Finally, the Denver Nuggets evened their record at 11-11 with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points and Corey Brewer had 15 points as well. The Pistons fell to 7-17.