One thing is clear after the New York Knicks' 100-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks are still the kings of the Big Apple, and it looks like that's not going to change anytime soon.
At the halfway point of the third quarter, it looked like the Knicks and Nets were going to go down to the wire.
But that's exactly when Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler decided it was time to take the game over.
The Nets just didn't have an answer, defensively speaking, for Anthony and Chandler, who combined for 47 of the Knicks' 100 points.
On the other hand, defense was not an issue for the Knicks, as they held the Nets to just 86 points. That is more than 10 points below their season average of 96.6 points per game.
With an impressive victory, the Knicks further solidified themselves as the top team in the Eastern Conference, at 19-6 overall. The Nets are headed in the other direction, losing eight of their last 10 games.
The Knicks are proving to be an extremely well-balanced and disciplined team, which is somewhat shocking considering J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony are on the floor together.
Ahead are full grades for the Knicks and the Nets in their final matchup of 2012. Hopefully, 2013 has better things in store for the Nets.