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Joe Johnson Leads Brooklyn Nets Blowout of New York Knicks

January 20th, 2014 at 7:03 PM
By Martin Mihaly

'Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On December 5th at the Barclay's Center, the New York Knicks came into Brooklyn and routed the Nets by 30 points.  On Monday the Nets returned the favor.  They routed the Knicks at Madison Square Garden by a score of 103-80.  Joe Johnson led the team with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists.  

The Nets were able to get up early on the Knicks in the first quarter and then keep them at a distance each time the Knicks tried to make any push to get back into the game.  Brooklyn was able to maintain control throughout the game as they outscored the Knicks in each quarter.  

The story of the game for Brooklyn was a smothering defense and some excellent ball movement.  Early on the Knicks looked very out of sync as they turned the ball over frequently and were not able to get good looks on the offensive end.  Brooklyn started the game by putting Alan Anderson on Carmelo Anthony.  Anderson's physical defense appeared to frustrate Anthony as he struggled with his shot early on.

The Knicks were careless with the ball early on as the Nets defensive pressure was enough to force numerous turnovers and led to easy baskets on the other end.  The Knicks turned the ball over 16 times, most of which came in the first half.

For the game, New York shot just 33 percent from the field.  Anthony led the team with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but he received little offensive production from the rest of his starting lineup.  Raymond Felton shot just two of 11 from the floor and finished with nine points.  Iman Shumpert shot two for eight and had five points.  Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler combined for just six points.  The Knicks second leading scorer was J.R. Smith with 15 points but on just four of 12 shooting.

Brooklyn's ball movement on the offensive end would lead to either open jumpers or easy lay-ups.  Often times, they would enter the ball into the low-post area with either Johnson or Paul Pierce, who would wait for a double-team to come and then swing the ball back out for an open look at a three.   

As a team, Brooklyn shot 49 percent from the field and made 14 of 38 three-point attempts.  Anderson was terrific defensively on Anthony and also scored 15 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.  Pierce struggled with just three points but he did have five assists.  Kevin Garnett had six points on just three of four shooting and six rebounds.

Andray Blatche came off the bench and was outstanding for Brooklyn.  He scored 19 points on nine of 12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.  Blatche even made one of his three three-point attempts.  

Coach Jason Kidd also welcomed back the return of Deron Williams.  In a move ease his star point guard back into form with his teammates after having missed a few games, Kidd decided to bring Williams off the bench for the first time since his rookie season.  Williams struggled a bit with his shot as me made four of his 10 field goal attempts (two of eight from three) and just three of five from the free-throw line.  Williams did finish with 13 points, three assists and three rebounds.

Brooklyn's next game is Tuesday night as they play host to the Orlando Magic.  

The Nets are hot now having won seven of their last eight contests.  If Brooklyn continues to play the way it has been playing, the winning ways should continue.

  

Tags: Basketball, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Paul Pierce, Tyson Chandler

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