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Knicks Lose Stoudemire, But Nets Still Can't Beat 'Em

That three-game winning streak remains elusive. The Nets caught a break when Amar'e Stoudemire was declared out of Saturday's game with a sprained toe. But they couldn't take advantage of the All-Star's absence, falling to the Knicks 105-95 at the Prudential Center.

Behind some hot shooting, the Knicks built an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter. A 9-2 Nets run got them to within four and they trailed by five at the half. Despite eight turnovers in the third quarter, the Nets tied the score early in the fourth. They took the lead with seven minutes to go and the game went back and forth until the Nets came up with just one point on a seven-possession stretch in the final minutes.

The Nets shot just 42 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times total. On the other end, they couldn't stop the Knicks on the perimeter, allowing New York to shoot 16-for-34 from 3-point range. Devin Harris led the Nets with 22 points, while Brook Lopez added 19. Derrick Favors grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, but shot just 3-for-10 from the field.

For most of the game, it seemed fan sentiment was divided evenly between Nets and Knicks, but at the end, the blue and orange clad dominated, booing Harris and Lopez as they went to the line.  The game was a sell-out, the Nets first in more than a year and the first ever NBA sellout at the Prudential Center. Lopez quickly left the Nets' locker room after the game, avoiding reporters.