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Knicks Keep Their Playoffs Hopes Alive In Their 110-81 Win Over The Nets

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New York, NY – On Wednesday night, the New York Knicks trounced the visiting Brooklyn Nets 110 – 81 at Madison Square Garden.  As a result, the Knicks now hold a 2-1 advantage over the Nets in this season’s head-to-head meetings. Their final head-to-head regular season game will take place at the Barclays Center on Tuesday, April 15.

For Brooklyn, they never appeared to be in the game.  To be fair, they were playing their second consecutive game. On Tuesday night, they had clinched a playoff spot following their 105-96 home win over the Houston Rockets.

Against the Knicks, they fell behind 29-20 after the first quarter. To make matters worse, Brooklyn was outscored 34-18 in the second quarter. Overall, the Nets had a lethargic performance and simply went through the motions and didn’t show any desire to win.

In order for the Knicks to reach the post season, they will have to win majority of their final six games and hope that the Atlanta Hawks suffer a late-season collapse. Combining Wednesday night’s win over their rivals and the Hawks 105-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Knicks currently hold the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Against the Nets, the Knicks had five players who scored in double-figures. Leading the way for New York was J.R. Smith who had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Complimenting him was Carmelo Anthony whose double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Helped pace the Knicks offense throughout the evening were  Tim Hardaway Jr. (17 points), Amare Stoudemire (13 points) and Iman Shumpert (10 points). Shooting 60-percent from the field, New York has won 12 of their last 15 games. The Knicks return to the Garden on Friday to face the Washington Wizards.

While the game really speaks for itself, fans in attendance also witnessed longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta officiate his 2,633rd consecutive regular season game. The 74-year old NBA referee was given a commemorative plaque and basketball by Rod Thorn, the NBA’s president of basketball operations.

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