Knicks down Nets in laugher

Updated: December 5, 2013

Brooklyn, NY ( – Carmelo Anthony called the Knicks the
“laughing stock of the league” before Thursday’s visit to Brooklyn.

By the end of the cross-town showdown, however, it was Anthony and the Knicks
laughing at the expense of the Nets as New York rolled to a thorough 113-83

Anthony filled the box score with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and
was an efficient 8-of-12 from the floor. Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani
added 17 and 16 points, respectively, as the Knicks snapped their nine-game
skid in convincing fashion, albeit against a struggling Brooklyn club.

The Nets can point to a slew of injuries and an influx of new faces trying to
fit into first-year head coach Jason Kidd’s system, but it doesn’t change
Brooklyn’s pitiful 5-14 record and a losing streak at home that has reached
six games.

Brook Lopez put up a 24-point, nine-rebound effort, while Joe Johnson shot a
woeful 4-of-15 from the field for 13 points.

The Knicks made 57 percent of their shots, never trailed and pulled away for
good in a one-sided third quarter that saw the visitors more than double-up
the hosts, 34-16.

New York, which led 50-43 at halftime, received 11 points from Shumpert and 10
from Anthony in the frame. Shumpert made a pair of 3-pointers during a 13-2
run that ended with a J.R. Smith trey for a 71-52 Knicks cushion with 4:09
remaining until the fourth.

The margin reached 25 just before the final minute, and Anthony fittingly hit
a late 19-footer for an 84-59 cushion that was never challenged over the final
12 minutes.

Game Notes

New York shot 16-of-27 from behind the arc … The Nets lost to Denver,
111-87, on Tuesday and have dropped back-to-back games at home by 20-plus
points for the first time in franchise history … Bargnani was ejected in the
fourth quarter after making a 3-pointer over Kevin Garnett and trash-talking
him down the court … Garnett finished with six points and six rebounds in 20
minutes … Each team won a home and road game in last season’s series.