Overall, this weekend was a bad weekend for New York basketball teams as both the Brooklyn Nets (2-4) and the New York Knicks (2-4) continue to struggle.
On Friday night, the Nets fell to the Washington Wizards (2-3) in OT, 112-108. Nets had an 11 point lead going into the final 4:30 of the 4th quarter and the Wizards, led by Nene Hilario’s 12 points in that timespan, tied the game at 99 to bring it into overtime.
Wizards took over in overtime and Trevor Ariza hit the go-ahead three to notch the win. They were led by Bradley Beal’s 29 points which tied his career high. Nene had 20 points and 8 rebounds and John Wall had a double-double with 17 points and 14 assists.
Nets were led by Brook Lopez’s 23 points and 5 rebounds. Joe Johnson also contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Paul Pierce was held scoreless in regulation and only finished the game with 4 points. Kevin Garnett shot 2-11 from the field and also finished with 4 points.
On the next day, the Nets fell to the undefeated Indiana Pacers (7-0) 96-91. The game was tight throughout and the Nets went into halftime with a 46-44 lead.
Pacers increased the lead to 10 midway through the 4th quarter and seemed to take control of the game. Nets made a late run and cut the lead to 3, 94-91, off of a Pierce 3 pointer. A few seconds later, Paul George committed a turnover which gave the Nets an opportunity to tie the game. Joe Johnson attempted a 3 to tie the game with 11 seconds left on the clock and missed. David West was able to grab the rebound for the Pacers and eventually hit two free throws after being fouled to get the win.
Paul George led the Pacers in scoring with 24 points and 6 rebounds. David West also had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Roy Hibbert finished with a double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Nets had balanced scoring with four of their starters in double figures. Joe Johnson finished with 17 points and Deron Williams had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Brook Lopez had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Paul Pierce had a much better game than his previous one, finishing with 15 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Knicks Tape seemed to get their swagger back on Friday night, as they beat the Charlotte Bobcats (3-3) on the road, 101-91.
Former Knicks great Patrick Ewing got his coaching debut against the team he gave his all to for 15 seasons. This game was never in question as the Knicks went into halftime with a 51-47 lead.
In the 3rd quarter, the Knicks went on a run which increased the lead to 18 points. Bobcats were able to cut the lead to 10 at one point but after a timeout, the Knicks hit three straight 3’s (Metta World Peace, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Pablo Prigioni) to put the lead back up 19 and to put the game out of reach.
Carmelo Anthony led Knicks scorers with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Andrea Bargnani had a breakout game scoring 25 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and contribuing on defense with 5 blocks. Raymond Felton also had 15 points and 5 assists.
Kemba Walker led the way for the Bobcats with 25 points and 5 assists. Gerald Henderson contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
When you thought that the Knicks may have turned the corner, then came the San Antonio Spurs (6-1) to prove that wasn’t the case. Spurs drummed the Knicks at the Garden, 120-89.
Knicks came out flat again in the 1st quarter at home as the Spurs jumped out to a 21-4 lead midway through the 1st quarter. The Knicks found themselves down by 18 at the end of the 1st quarter, 35-17.
In the 2nd quarter, the Spurs began with a 7-2 run to go up by 23 off of a Danny Green 3 pointer. The Knicks began to show some life later in the quarter and were able to cut the lead to 16 before halftime, 61-45. That’s as close as the Knicks would get as the Spurs ballooned the lead in the 2nd half.
Spurs went on a 29-10 run to increase the lead to 35 points in the 3rd quarter and later in the 4th, near the midway point, Spurs held their largest lead at 37 points, 106-69.
Knicks fell to 1-3 at home and Coach Mike Woodson called their effort “unacceptable” and the team lacked pride. Carmelo Anthony finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Andrea Bargnani also finished with 16 points. Metta World Peace had 13 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.
Danny Green led all Spurs scorers with 24 points and had a double-double also grabbing a career-high of 10 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points off the bench. Tony Parker finished with 17 points and 6 assists. The Big Fundamental, Tim Duncan, had a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.