Dinwiddie scores 25, Nets top Knicks 112-104

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2018 11:24 AM
Dinwiddie scores 25, Nets top Knicks 112-104
New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By Denis P. Gorman, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 20 to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 112-104 win over the New York Knicks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

Allen Crabbe scored 17 points, Jarrett Allen had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris added 11 as Brooklyn won its second straight game. The Nets improved to 10-8.

Enes Kanter led the Knicks (8-19) with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Allonzo Trier had 15 points off the bench, Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in with 13 points and Damyean Dotson and Mario Hezonja each added 12 for New York, which has lost three straight and 5-of-6.

Brooklyn was coming off an emotional overtime win over Toronto on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), while the Knicks hadn't played since Thursday (Friday, PHL time). In this game, it was the Nets who were the better, more in-sync squad.

The Nets used crisp passing to create open open shots when they were not driving the lane for layups and drawing fouls.

Brooklyn made 48.9 percent of its shots from the field (43-for-88) and 50 percent of its three's (11-for-22).

New York, meanwhile, knocked down 47 percent of its shots (39-for-83), but missed 18-of-26 from three-point range (30.8 percent).

Each team shot 60 percent from the free throw line. Brooklyn made 15-of-25 from the line, while the Knicks were 18-for-30.

The Nets led by 10 points, 56-46, at halftime and extended their lead to as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter.

This season, the Nets haven't show the ability to close out teams, while the Knicks have fought back from deficits. Both happened in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks cut the deficit to five points, 101-96, on a layup by Frank Ntilikina.

But on New York's next possession, Dotson missed a driving reverse layup, and on the counterattack Hollis-Jefferson was awarded a basket as Mitchell Robinson was called for defensive goaltending. Immediately after that sequence, Ntilikina missed a triple, and Crabbe countered with a basket from behind the arc that pushed the advantage to 10 points, 106-96.

Still, the Knicks hung in. After Dinwiddie dropped in a layup that extended Brooklyn's lead to 110-98 with 2:16 left, New York scored the next six points and closed within six, 110-104.

Dinwiddie's driving dunk following a timeout put the game away.

TIP-INS:

Nets: During his pregame availability, Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said injured guard Caris LaVert is "in the gym, shooting," but did not offer much else in terms of an update. LaVert has missed 14 straight games with a right foot subtalar dislocation, suffered in the Nets' 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota. ... Allen fouled out with 2:04 left.

Knicks: The interborough matchup was the second game at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Earlier in the day, Seton Hall upset Kentucky, 84-83, in overtime in a men's college basketball game. The hoops-heavy weekend will conclude Sunday (Monday, PHL time) with a tripleheader. The Garden will host the annual Holiday Festival which showcases local colleges in two games, then the Knicks will host Charlotte. . After not playing in New York's last three games, Ntilikina got into the game with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Ntilikina finished with seven points in 15 minutes.

GROWTH SPURTS:

Prior to the game, New York coach David Fizdale and Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson spoke at length about the future for their respective franchises.

While the teams have generally been competitive this season, Fizdale and Atkinson talked about player development and this summer's free agent marketplace as being key to the franchises. The Knicks and Nets are in the midst of rebuilding projects, and the franchises are expected to be active in the upcoming free agent market. New York only has $57.3 million allotted to eight players for next season, and Brooklyn has $43.7 million earmarked in player salaries.

"Trying to develop youth," Fizdale said. "And hopefully attract some free agents this summer."

Arguably the biggest difference between the teams is that the Knicks have a foundational piece in injured forward Kristaps Porzingis, the kind of player the Nets do not have. Yet Atkinson was adamant that the Nets should be focused on sustained improvement.

Brooklyn won 20 games in his first season, and 28 games last year. He declined to put a numerical value on what would constitute improvement this season.

"I'm not going to pick a number. I know it's better than 28 (wins). I know that I'm not going to start picking numbers, Atkinson said. "We're looking to take another step forward. How big that jump will be, we'll see at the end of the season."

UP NEXT

Nets: Travel to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Knicks: Host Charlotte on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

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