The Brooklyn Nets jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they beat the New York Knicks 110-99 at the Barclays Center on Friday night.
Deron Williams continued to look like a player that Brooklyn has never seen and led the Nets with 29 points and six assists. Brook Lopez had a nice bounce-back game with 20 points and nine rebounds and Mirza Teletovic is making a name for himself as the team’s sixth man with an 18-point performance. The Nets shot 51.4 percent as a unit and 58.3 percent behind the arc.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who had 19, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 and Amar’e Stoudemire had 14 with seven rebounds and two blocks. No one on the Knicks really played much defense aside from Amar’e.
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Nets were a little sloppy in the opening minutes of the first quarter, but they got hot following a pull-up three by Joe Johnson and went on a 16-6 run to take a nine-point lead. They got help from all over the court in the first quarter as four players had at least six points and they shot 61.1 percent as a group.
The Nets really started to struggle offensively, as they shot just 29.4 percent, but the Knicks couldn’t stay out of their own way and sent the Nets to the line 17 times, of which the Nets made 13 shots and led the quarter 25-22.
TURNING POINT: The Nets controlled the game in the first half, even when they weren’t shooting well, but really put distance between themselves and the Knicks in the third quarter when they established an 18-point lead. That’s when Deron Williams got hot and lit up the Knicks for 12 points in the quarter. D-Will’s hot hand carried over into the fourth quarter as he continued to pile up points and had 29 when he left 16-point lead.
RAINING THREES: The Brooklyn Nets have had a hot three-ball this season and that continued against the Knicks Friday. They shot 14-for-24 as a unit and were led by Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic, who both were 4-for-6 behind the arc. Five different players connected from deep.
BOUNCE BACK BROOK: Brook Lopez has been hot and cold this season with a great first game against Thunder before a tough game against the Timberwolves. Against the Knicks, he was a consistent offensive force as he finished with 20 points. He also played strong defense with nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Most importantly, his foot didn’t seem to be an issue at all.
STILL NO KIRILENKO: Andrei Kirilenko made a big impact on the Nets last season after he returned from an extended back injury. However, he’s been a complete non-factor so far this year and didn’t even play at all against the Knicks until garbage time. Maybe he kicked head coach Lionel Hollins’ dog. Or maybe he’s just too old to keep up.
UP NEXT: The Nets play one more game at home, against the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon, before they head off on another road trip.