The New York Knicks (33-43) defeated the Brooklyn Nets (40-34) 110-81 on Wednesday night and are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
On a night when the Knicks shot a stunning 60 percent from the field and 44 percent from three, J.R. Smith led the way with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting (6-of-12 from three), eight rebounds and six assists.
Carmelo Anthony didn't lag far behind, pouring in 23 points on a tidy 8-of-16 shooting while pulling down 10 rebounds en route to yet another double-double.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 points off the pine while Iman Shumpert contributed a stellar defensive effort, leading all players with five steals to go with 10 points.
After leading by nine at the end of the first quarter, the Knicks went on a tear in the second period, outscoring the Nets by 16 in the frame.
From there on out it was smooth sailing, as the Knicks' cushion was large enough to ward off a miniature Brooklyn run in the third quarter.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting on a night when Jason Kidd's squad shot a meager 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from three.
Deron Williams added 12 points and zero assists while Alan Anderson was the only other Brooklyn scorer in double-figures, generating 11 points off the pine.
Next up for the Nets is a matchup with the Detroit Pistons on Friday while the Knicks will square off against the playoff-bound Washington Wizards after a day off on Thursday.
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