Before the game tipped off, the Brooklyn Nets stole all NBA headlines by completing a blockbuster trade for James Harden. In a Knicks vs Nets showdown, Brooklyn stole the show again by winning the New York showdown with a 116-109 victory. The loss was the fourth straight for the Knicks after starting the season 5-3.
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Julius Randle (30 points) and RJ Barrett (20 points) combined for 50 points, while Mitchell Robinson finished with a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Nets had seven players finish in double figures and were led by Kevin Durant’s 26 points.
Nets second-quarter eruption
The Nets used a 35 to 20 second quarter to break the game wide open. Joe Harris and Bruce Brown led a 15-2 run to close the first half and help the Nets lead 61-45 at halftime. Brown had a strong overall game with 15 points and 14 rebounds in his first start of the season.
No talk of Harden
After the game, Durant took part in the post-game interview with the broadcast team. However, he didn’t want to discuss Harden joining the team. The NBA has not approved the move just yet. If the move is approved, that means seven of the last 11 scoring titles will be on the same team between Durant and Harden.
Durant breaks record in Knicks vs Nets
Durant scored over 20 points for a franchise-record ninth straight game. It was his first game playing Madison Square Garden since Irving and Durant joined forces. However, Irving missed his fifth straight game due to personal reasons. Irving has yet to play at Madison Square Garden as a Net.
Knicks vs Nets Game Analysis & Commentary
The conclusion of Knicks vs Nets was the worst possible outcome for New York. Their fourth straight loss brought the team down to 5-7 on the season. The Knicks are spiraling out of the playoff standings. More importantly, this is the first true test of adversity for the team. Can they pull themselves out of it?
Fourth-quarter: Too little, too late
The Knicks outscored the Nets 33 to 24 in the final frame but the Nets led the Knicks by 19 at one point in the game. This was nearly the fourth straight game that the team was blown out. The score is misleading. The Knicks are trailing and are falling behind by way too much.
New York lacks star power in Knicks vs Nets
The Nets depleted their roster with their trade but still proved to have the one big difference-maker. Durant is a star in this league. The Knicks have a budding star in Randle potentially but he is not able to go toe-to-toe with Durant. We knew this was going to be a learning season, but it was unfortunate that the Knicks couldn’t steal this game, especially after Brooklyn was short-handed.
New York will try to stop their losing streak against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. The Cavaliers received Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince in the Garden trade. The two could make their debut.