The New York Knicks (36-45) trounced the Brooklyn Nets (44-37) 109-98 Tuesday night behind 16 points from Tim Hardaway Jr.
With the win, the Knicks captured a 3-1 season series victory over the Nets. Brooklyn failed to secure the Eastern Conference's No. 5 seed in the loss. However, the Nets can still accomplish that goal with a win on Wednesday, but a loss and a Washington Wizards win against the Boston Celtics would send Brooklyn tumbling to the No. 6 seed.
In a wire-to-wire win, the Knicks dominated behind 48 percent shooting from the field and 52 percent shooting from three. All told, six New York players finished in double figures.
Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each contributed 14 points on a night when Carmelo Anthony sat out due to a small tear in his labrum while Cole Aldrich posted a double-double consisting of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Iman Shumpert tallied 11 points, four rebounds and three steals and Shannon Brown chipped in 14 points, most of which came in garbage time.
Mason Plumlee led the Nets behind totals of 16 points and nine rebounds while Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-10 from three) off the bench.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson scored 10 and 12 points, respectively, but were unable to produce consistently in the jump shooting department.
The Knicks and Nets will both wrap up their regular season slates on Wednesday. New York will square off against the Toronto Raptors while the Nets are slated to do battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers.