Rivalry Begins as the Nets Defeat the Knicks in Overtime

One of Sandy's less devastating effects was the postponement of the Knicks-Nets highly anticipated season opener November 1 at the Nets new Barclay's Center home.

Almost a month later, with New York on surer footing and the all-important mass transit lines to Brooklyn fully restored, the city's newest cross-town rivalry has begun, and it took overtime for the Nets to beat the Knicks 96-89 before a packed crowd of nearly 18,000.

For a game that was all about bragging rights, through four quarters, neither team showed much to brag about.  The Knicks and Nets both shot under 40 percent and combined for just 33 points in the fourth quarter, to end regulation tied at 84. 

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks and all scorers with 35 points but was held scoreless down the stretch over the last two and half minutes of the fourth quarter.

Then the Nets held Anthony to a single free throw in overtime.  With Knicks' point guard Jason Kidd sitting out due to back spasms, the only other Knick to really show up was center Tyson Chandler who scored 28, on "lights out" 12 of 13 shooting from the field, while pulling down 10 rebounds.  But no other Knick scored in double digits.  Take out Chandler and Anthony and the Knicks hit just 10 of 47 shots from the field, with starting point guard Raymond Felton hitting a disastrous 3 of 19 and Rasheed Wallace (2 for 11) adding little off the bench.

The Nets were led by center Brook Lopez's 22 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots.  Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams both added 16 points.  Jerry Stackhouse had 14 off the bench shooting 8 for 11 overall including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

After winning their first six games this season, the Knicks dropped to 9-4 while the Nets improved to 9-4, including an impressive seven wins at their new home.

The Brooklyn Nets have three straight wins and first claim to cross-town bragging rights, at least until they face the Knicks again at Barclay's Center on December 11.