Anthony's 45 points leads Knicks rally over Nets
NEW YORK — Now, this Knicks-Nets rivalry is really on.
If it hadn’t started when the Nets left New Jersey and set up shop in the Knicks’ city, it surely arrived when Jason Kidd delivered the tiebreaking 3-pointer Tuesday night, making himself an enemy of his former franchise.
“I hate him,” Nets guard Deron Williams said.
Williams was kidding, the point guards are friends. But Nets fans who watched Kidd ask out of the organization and Carmelo Anthony refuse to come could easily work up more dislike of the Knicks after watching those two Tuesday.
Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Kidd made the tiebreaking shot with 24 seconds left, and the Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat Brooklyn 100-97.
Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey.
He pumped his fist afterward in what he said was as much emotion as he shows, though denied taking any special pleasure in beating the Nets.
“I’m a competitor. I want to win,” he said.
Now the series is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, both games coming down to the tense final minutes.
“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.”
Andray Blatche scored 23 points in place of Brook Lopez, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot.
Williams added 18 points and 10 assists, and Reggie Evans grabbed 18 rebounds, but the Nets lost their fifth straight.
Gerald Wallace scored 17 points, but both he and Williams missed potential tying 3-pointers on the last possession after Kidd broke a 97-all tie with his 3-pointer from the left side while being fouled by Jerry Stackhouse.