The New York Knicks brought the Brooklyn Nets into Madison Square Garden on Jan. 20 looking to break a three-game losing streak, but that did not happen. Instead, the Nets outscored the Knicks in all four quarters and earned a 103-80 victory that doesn't quite convey just how lopsided the contest seemed.
The Knicks (15-26) fell to 7-14 at home as their intra-city rivals look to be jelling. The Nets (17-22) have won seven of eight games since the calendar turned to 2014.
Joe Johnson paced Brooklyn with 25 points, and 20 of those came in the first half. Andray Blatche abused the Knicks for 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Nets got point guard Deron Williams (ankle) back and he scored 13 points with three assists.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 26 points and 12 boards, but he didn't get much help from his teammates as the Knicks shot 33.8 percent. The Knicks got Pablo Prigioni (toe) back and inserted him into the starting lineup, but he had two points and two assists in 19 minutes.
Brooklyn dominated the first half and built up a 52-38 lead at the break. The Knicks stormed out of the locker room and cut the deficit to eight points, but that was as close as they came.
The Knicks' season hangs in the balance over the next five games which all come at home. They have the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 22 followed by: Charlotte Bobcats, L.A. Lakers, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets look to continue their strong play when they finish off the back-to-back by hosting the Orlando Magic on Jan. 21.