Spike Lee took the reigns last night to introduce the matchup that New York has been waiting for since the Nets moved into Brooklyn last June. Dressed in an orange and blue suit, Lee stared in a mirror to see himself dressed in white and black. Bickering back and forth with himself, Lee showed the significance of the Nets and Knicks first ever meeting as cross-town rivals.
To the dismay of the Knickerbocker faithful, Lee was arguing for both the Knicks and the Nets.
The most renowned Knick fan talking up the Nets? The Knicks should have known what was coming next.
Behind a Brooklyn based crowd the Nets defeated the Knicks 96-89 in an overtime thriller. Brook Lopez lead the way with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, while Deron Williams followed suit dropping 16 points and dishing out 14 assists.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds and Tyson Chandler scored a career-high 28 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
The back-and-forth affair eventually came down the final seconds of regulation. After Lopez tied the game at 84 after sinking 1-2 from the free throw line, the Knicks had one last shot to win it.
Anthony got the ball on the left wing and waited until time began to wind down. He then drove left on the Nets' Gerald Wallace, who had 16 points and five reobunds, before pulling up with a good mid-range look and clanking it off the bank iron. Williams missed a half-court attempt with two seconds left to send the game to overtime.
In the extra period it was all Nets, as the visiting team could not recover from a Jerry Stackhouse three pointer that put the game out of reach. Stackhouse had 14 points on 4-5 shooting from three.
As Deron Williams headed to the free throw line to close the game out, "MVP!" chants mixed in with the now patented "Broooklyn!" chant signified what Mikhail Prokhorov had wanted since he planned to move to the team out of the Garden State–a home in New York city.
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