The New York Knicks were able to overcome a big first-half deficit to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 100-97, and even the season series at a game apiece.
The Nets broke out to a 14-point lead after one quarter. Slowly, the Knicks worked their way back into the game, outscoring Brooklyn by 10 in the second quarter. In the final frame, the Knicks really took control of the game and outlasted the Nets in Game 2 of this newfound rivalry.
Carmelo Anthony was immense all game long, scoring 45 points on 15-of-24 shooting. He scored evenly throughout and dominated the Nets' defense. He was aided by J.R. Smith, who brought 16 points off the bench.
It was Jason Kidd who was the late-game hero, though. The veteran guard nailed six three-pointers, none bigger than the one with under 30 seconds to go, which broke a 97-97 tie.
This was the Nets' fifth straight loss, all of which have come without Brook Lopez. Brooklyn falls to 11-9 on the season, while the Knicks improve their Eastern Conference-best record to 16-5
Let's hit the classroom to find out how both teams graded out in this important Knicks win.