No one expected these two teams to be as bad as they have been over the first month of the season, but various factors – primarily injuries and adjusting to some new faces – have turned them into the laughingstocks of the league.
Someone still had to win the game, and the Knicks took charge of this one quickly in the second half to embarrass the Nets 113-83. All the shots that wouldn’t fall for New York during its nine-game losing streak finally went through the net, as the team shot an impressive 16-27 from beyond the arc. Brooklyn did little to stop the barrage, repeatedly leaving shooters wide open.
Too often through much of the season, the ball stuck to one player for the Knicks. Against the porous defense of the Nets, they moved the ball freely and managed 24 assists and 12 turnovers, with six players in double figures. It would be the Nets who refused to make simple passes and resorted to one stubborn isolation play after another, evidenced by 11 assists and 16 turnovers. It was truly an ugly style of play, and the game quickly got out of reach by the time it got to the fourth quarter.