Brooklyn Nets fall to New York Knicks in preseason finale

Al Bello

The Nets' preseason came to a close with a disappointing loss to the Knicks at Nassau Coliseum. The teams will meet for real eight days later in Brooklyn.

The Nets preseason came to a close with their third straight loss, a 97-95 overtime defeat at the hands of the Knicks at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday. Much like they did in Boston eight days earlier, the Nets' third string pulled off a late-game comeback. But this time, they couldn't hold on for the win.

The Nets were in control early, leading 23-16 at the end of the first quarter. But the Knicks began the second with a 9-0 run and the game was tight until late in the third. A 7-0 Knicks run spanning the third and the fourth put them up eight. They led by as many as 12 with seven minutes to go, before Tyshawn Taylor led a Nets comeback.

MarShon Brooks gave the Nets an 86-84 lead with 1:01 left in regulation, but the Knicks tied the game on the next possession. Then the Nets missed five shots on their next possession and Mychel Thompson missed a chance to win it for the Knicks at the buzzer.

Though back-to-back threes from Steve Novak and Thompson gave the Knicks a four-point lead with less than a minute to go in overtime, the Nets still had a chance to tie or take the lead in the final seconds. But Brooks' attempt at a game-tying drive rolled off the rim.

Neither team shot well overall, but the Knicks outscored the Nets 36-15 from the 3-point line. The Nets had just eight assists on their 35 field goals. Deron Williams was the only Net in double-figures after regulation, scoring 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Brooks finished with 11 points, but missed eight of his 10 shots. Taylor added 10 points on 5-for-8 from the field.

Chris Copeland led the Knicks with 16 points. Tyson Chandler left the game in the first minute after banging knees with Gerald Wallace.

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