Aaaaaaaannnd we're going back to Brooklyn.

A wild back-and-forth contest ends in confusion, as the Brooklyn Nets do not foul despite being down just two points with four seconds left and coach Kharpertian screaming at them to foul, and the New York Knicks escape home court and Game 5 with a 115-113 victory. The loss keeps the Knicks alive in the Cross Bridge Battle, down 3 games to 2.

The Knicks shot 51% as a team (57% from deep). They were led by Iman Shumpert and Carmelo Anthony (23 points each), but it was Raymond Felton who stole the show, finishing with 14 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds, and the Player of the Game Award despite missing two key free throws late that could have put the game away for good. J.R. Smith added 22 points for the Knicks.

Felton also drained a half-court shot as the first quarter buzzer sounded, in an elimination game the Knicks won by two. (Check the video if you don't believe me.) So there's that.

The Nets were led by another stellar performance from Deron Williams, who finished with 29 points, six assists, five rebounds, and two blocks, but got an invisible game from All-Star Center Brook Lopez. Lopez finished with just four points and four rebounds in 30 minutes. Gerald Wallace finished with 20 points on 9-17 shooting, and Joe Johnson dropped 17 points, adding six boards, seven assists, and three blocked shots.

The Nets entered the third quarter with a 57-49 lead, limiting the Knicks to just 40% shooting in the first half, but lost the penultimate frame 34-22 before a back-and-forth fourth quarter.

Coach Dubin immediately screamed "VICTORY" at coach Kharpertian after the game, though he also lamented his inability to get a decisive win. Coach Kharpertian was unavailable for any comment beyond the depressed mutterings of a broken man.

The series swings back to Brooklyn for Game 6, and will go back to MSG if necessary for Game 7.

Box score and other relevant information below.






 

Devin's assistant P.J. Carlesimo. (Raya Lim)

Four games into the Cross Bridge Battle and we're chock full of interesting storylines: the resurgence of J.R. Smith and Gerald Wallace, the highlight reel that is Deron Williams, the steady production of Joe Johnson and the steady but not game-changing production of Carmelo Anthony, the silence that is Raymond Felton, the surge of success born from the Blatche-Lopez frontcourt, and, of course, the virtuality of it all.

So with everything in mind, Coaches Jared Dubin and Devin Kharpertian sat down to talk about their series.

Note: this conversation started with me shooting a message to Jared titled "wanna chat it up about how I'm kicking your ass?" so there's your opening context.... MORE →

 

Jared Dubin, founder of HoopChalk, co-Editor of Hardwood Paroxysm, and Knicks fan, joins us on The Brooklyn Game to give us the Knicks' perspective on tonight's matchup.

I’ll be honest. In the lead up to the season, I was dreading the first Knicks-Nets match-up on opening night. It wasn’t because I’m in any way afraid for the Knicks to play the Nets, but because of the apocalyptic nature of the media coverage that was sure to envelop the game. I was sure that, no matter what, the New York media would declare the winner of the game a serious challenger to the Heat’s throne (which would be slightly south of ridiculous) and the loser dead in the water and screwed for eternity (just as ridiculous).

Now that game one of the new Knicks-Nets rivalry is happening a little less than a month into the season, I feel much better about it, and not just because the Knicks have mostly played very good basketball so far. Because it’s not the opener, it can be treated as “just another game,” which is really how it always should have been treated anyway. Sure, there will probably still be hyperbole, but it won’t be nearly as extreme.

It helps that both the Knicks and Nets are coming into the game playing well, so neither team can credibly be declared dead in the water if they lose.
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