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Hot Start Propels Knicks to Win Over Nets


In front of a home crowd at the Prudential Center, the Knicks scorched the Nets in the first quarter and held on for a 104-95 victory on Wednesday.

For the third straight game, Nets fans were vastly outnumbered by those rooting for the visitors. Knick fans booed Nets players as they attempted free throws and chanted "Let's go, Knicks" and "MVP" when Carmelo Anthony touched the ball.

Anthony came out on fire, scoring 21 points in the first quarter, as the Knicks led by as many as 21. They were up 19 early in the third quarter when the Nets began to climb back in the game. They cut the lead down to five with three minutes to go in the third, but went scoreless over the next four minutes as the Knicks went back up by double-figures.

Anthony finished with 33 points and Gerald Wallace led the Nets with 21. Kris Humphries grabbed 15 rebounds, but shot just 2-for-11. Sundiata Gaines added 18 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Gerald Green finished with 12 points and seven boards.