BROOKLYN BEATS MANHATTAN: Nets 88, Knicks 85

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Deron Williams POINT GUARD

You just HAD to break the free throw streak with five seconds left in the game up 2, didn’t you?

Overall a quiet first half from Williams and a louder but still strugglesome second half. Not his best night.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Iso-Joe hit the go-ahead jumper with 22.3 seconds left, so, uh, A+.

Up-and-down even by the minute in this game. Started off red-hot, hitting three threes and then taking Jason Kidd off the dribble for an easy layup. Cooled off in the middle quarters, either missing shots or skipping them, before hitting some big spot-up shots in the fourth quarter. Perhaps energized by these spot-up shots, Johnson started to go into isolation mode, and the offense fell apart as a result… until that final shot.

Gerald Wallace SMALL FORWARD

Weirdly, the least I’ve noticed him on the court.

Kris Humphries POWER FORWARD

Even if he just played the first half, in contention for his best game of the season. Had some issues posting up on Jason Kidd, which is curious, because Jason Kidd is half his size. Still, encouraging. Closer to starting-caliber than ever.

Brook Lopez CENTER

Scored, rebounded, stuffed Amar’e Stoudemire… An All-Star game for an All-Star player.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Bad Blatche.

Keith Bogans SHOOTING GUARD

Another good game with Bogans doing a lot of the little things, but hard to overlook a missed layup and wide open three-pointer in crunch time.

MarShon Brooks SHOOTING GUARD

Didn’t play until the fourth quarter and struggled in his few minutes.

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