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Turnover-Happy Nets Fall To Knicks In Preseason Opener

As expected, the first game of the preseason was ugly. The Knicks shot just 41 percent from the field, while the Nets committed 25 turnovers and shot just 2-for-14 from 3-point range. And the turnovers were the difference, as the Knicks beat the Nets, 92-83, at the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.

The score was tied before Mike Bibby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter. New York then started the fourth with a 7-0 run to go up double-digits.

Brook Lopez recorded a double-double, 15 points and 11 rebounds, in 33 minutes. He also blocked five shots. Anthony Morrow had 15 points as well, shooting 7-for-13 from the field. MarShon Brooks (10 points on 4-for-6 shooting) had his moments, but Deron Williams had as many as turnovers (six) as assists.

For the Knicks, high scorer (improbably) was Renaldo Balkman with 20, many in garbage time. Carmelo Anthony had 17 and Amare Stoudemire had 10. Iman Shumpert, another rookie, had 16 on 6-for-11 shooting.