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FINALLY! Nets snap 10-game home skid with 110-104 win over Knicks

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- It may not be the "blueprint for greatness," but it's something.

With Carmelo Anthony sitting out, the Nets snapped a 10-game home skid with a 110-104 victory over the New York Knicks. It was hardly a home win, considering all the blue and orange engulfed in the dark Barclays Center.

Knick fans were noticeably loud, but the Nets protected their home court despite their horrid record in Brooklyn. Nets fans, still, defended their turf and chanted, "This is our house!" in the final seconds of the game.

Brooklyn improved their record to 11-28 and also snapped a five-game losing streak. Tony Brown gets his first win as interim head coach, too!

The Nets came out fired up against the fatigued Knickerbockers, who played their second game of a back-to-back --without an injured Carmelo Anthony-- following an intense game against Boston. They led by 11 at one point and owned a 54-51 advantage at half behind a balanced attack from Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic nailed his first three-pointers after missing his previous 18 shots. He nailed four total on the night and scored 14 points.

On the other end, the Nets held Kristaps Porzingis to five points, but Derrick Williams torched them with 17 points in the half. Williams finished with a game-high 31 points, while Porzingis had a poor 5-of-17 shooting night.

The second half would be a game of exchanging buckets right down to the wire.

The Nets, however, would extend the lead late in the fourth quarter to six with 1:29 remaining after Joe Johnson scored his ninth point of the second half. He finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six rebounds.

Fittingly, former Knick Shane Larkin aka "tiny hands," nailed the dagger to go up eight with 34 seconds. Larkin held his flicked wrist and trotted back with swagger. If anybody wanted it, it was Shane, who finished with a season-high 17 points.

The Nets out-scored the Knicks 36-29 in the fourth quarter. Stud rookie Kristaps Porzingis was held to just three points in the fourth quarter. With Melo sitting out, this was crucial to the Nets' success in this one.

The frontcourt duo of  Lopez and Young did everything in their power to keep Brooklyn afloat. Young (19 points and 11 rebounds) notched his 18th double double of the year, while Brook Lopez scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists.

But it was really the balanced attack that eventually propelled them: five players in double figures, with Lopez, Young and Johnson combining for 53 points.

The Nets' bench finished with 39 points behind the lead of Larkin and Bogdanovic. Excluding Derrick Williams, the Knicks bench finished with just 12 points.

The Nets also dished out 24 assists and shot 52 percent from the field.  Tony Brown said the team was trying out a new defense.

"What we’re trying to do is, we’re trying to simplify it for everyone," Brown said. "Just trying to be a little more consistent with what we’re doing, so everyone’s on the same page with what we’re doing.

"When you’ve been through a streak of losing like we have, sometimes you lose faith in what you’re doing," Brown said. "So we’re just trying to start from rock bottom, simplify it a little bit, and hopefully everybody can be on the same page."

Underrated key:

Young played phenomenal defense on the noticeably fatigued Kristaps Porzingis. Every time Porzingis would put the ball on the floor, Young would swarm him and force a pass out or difficult shot. When Porzingis was out on the perimeter, Young was right there with him.

Next up: Familiar face Mason Plumlee and the Portland Trail Blazers visit Barclays Friday night.

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