New York Knicks edge Brooklyn Nets, 100-97, on Jason Kidd three

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The future Hall of Famer buries his old team.

The Nets and Knicks played another nail-biter on Tuesday, and this time, it was the Knicks coming out on top, 100-97, thanks to a clutch shot from Jason Kidd.

"It is a rivalry and it’s great for New York to have that in Brooklyn and Manhattan," Carmelo Anthony said post-game. "After that first game, we might as well accept that. It is what it is, they’re in our division, we see them four times a year."

The Nets came out smoking and had a 26-9 lead late in the first quarter. They were still up 16 midway through the second, but the Knicks finished the half on an 18-6 run to close within four. New York quickly took the lead early in the third quarter, but didn't hold it for long, and the Nets went up 10 with 3 1/2 minutes to go in the period.

The Brooklyn lead was five entering the fourth, but the final period was tight throughout. Carmelo Anthony put the Knicks up two with 1:28 left, but Joe Johnson answered with a drive. The Knicks missed their first shot to take another lead, but Tyson Chandler tapped the ball out to his teammates and eventually the ball found Kidd, who nailed a 3-pointer while drawing a foul from Jerry Stackhouse with 24 seconds left.

Kidd missed the free throw, giving the Nets a chance to force overtime. But both Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams missed threes to tie and the Knicks escaped with the victory.

The Nets shot 53 percent from the field, but the Knicks shot 14-for-28 on threes. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with a season-high 45 points and Kidd added a season-high 18 for the Knicks.

“I’m a competitor. I want to win,’’ Kidd said of his fist pump. “That might be the biggest excitement and biggest celebration you’ll get out of me.’’

“I hate him,” Williams said with a smile afterwards. On a more serious note, Williams admitted he has yet to have a dominant game this season. "Tonight I had 18 and 10, but still, that’s not a good game for me. That’s an average game,” Williams said. “I need to get back to trying to dominate games and trying to find a rhythm out there. It’s just not happening the way I’d like it to, for whatever reason. I just gotta be more aggressive I guess.”

Andray Blatche led the Nets with 23 points. Williams added 18 points and 10 assists, while Johnson and Wallace added 16 and 17 points respectively. Reggie Evans grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds.

Final - 12.11.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New York Knicks 16 33 25 26 100
Brooklyn Nets 30 23 26 18 97

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