They needed to go to overtime to get it done, but the Brooklyn Nets finally announced that they have arrived as they beat the Knicks 96-89 in the very first Battle of the Boroughs at the Barclays Center Monday night.
With the win the Nets record improves to 9-4 which puts them into a tie with the Knicks for the best record in the Atlantic Division. They also improve to 7-1 at home where they have a six game winning streak, their longest such streak since 2003.
OLD MAN STACK: Jerry Stackhouse finished with 14 points and a plus-13 rating in just over 22 minutes, but his most impressive stretch was in overtime when he lead both teams with five points (the Knicks only had five points in OT). All of his shots seemed huge at the time really.
DEALIN D-WILL: Deron Williams really ran the Nets offense all night. He had five points with five assists in the first quarter on his way to finishing with 16 points and 14 assists for his sixth double-double in thirteen games.
LOPEZ LEADS: Brook Lopez really had a tough game considering he was going up against Tyson Chandler for most of the night. He had 22 points and 11 rebounds with five blocks for just his second double-double of the season. He was a consistent scoring threat throughout the game, but he particularly came up big with eight points and three blocks in the fourth quarter.
BREAKTHROUGH FOR GERALD: Gerald Wallace has been a presence on defense all season, but has really struggled on offense. Not Monday night though as he scored 16 points and was solid while guarding Carmelo Anthony most of the time he was on the floor. He also filled up the stat sheet with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.
CAN’T FORGET BOGANS: Keith Bogans has been a bit inconsistent all around this season, but he was on the court for 19:34, guarded Melo the entire time, and still managed to finish plus-4. He had six points and three boards too.
REGGIE: Couldn’t finish this without pointing out that Reggie Evans had 14 rebounds in 17:35. He was leading the NBA with 15.6 rebounds per 36 minutes before the game and this will certainly help pad that stat.
UP NEXT: The Nets have a day off tomorrow, but head on the road right after to play the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday and then the Magic in Orlando on Friday. Then it’s the Heat again on Dec. 1st. That’s Rondo, a game they should win, and the a revenge attempt against the Heat.