Off target all night, Kobe Bryant sure was on point when it was over.
Despite missing leading scorer Luol Deng, the Chicago Bulls were able to heap more misery on the slumping Los Angeles Lakers with a routine 95-83 home victory on Monday.
Kobe Bryant couldn’t restrain himself after this one.
His buzzer-beating 3-pointer was still under review but Jordan Crawford knew it was good. And so did his Washington Wizards teammates, who engulfed him in a dogpile on the floor of the Rose Garden.
Joe Johnson made his most critical shot on a fadeaway jumper over J. R. Smith with 22.3 seconds left to give the Nets a lead in the final minute, securing the 11th win in their last 13 games.
Ryan Anderson scored 27 points and the visiting New Orleans Hornets survived a second half without Anthony Davis in a 114-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth straight win, 90-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Deron Williams had made 52 free throws in a row before missing with 5.7 seconds left in the Nets’ victory against the Knicks.
The Nets’ decision to change coaches is an example of race being less of an issue in the N.B.A. with personnel decisions being made for pragmatic reasons.
A nine-month inquiry determined that Billy Hunter failed in his fiduciary responsibilities and that the board of the union should consider replacing him.
Anderson Varejao’s season rapidly spiraled from a probable All-Star appearance to over.
Joe Johnson and the Nets left Madison Square Garden for the last time this regular season, even with the Knicks in the series and right behind them in the standings.
Jarrett Jack had 18 points and 10 assists, Stephen Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-99 on Monday.
Just call him “Off-Broadwayâ? Joe Johnson, ’cause he dresses the part and backs up his boasting. The Brooklyn guard thrust himself into a rivalry against the Knicks during his initial press conference, when he unveiled the first of his many sleek suits and a confidence this Nets squad had lacked since Jason Kidd was on their side.
For now, the two belongs to both teams. The Brooklyn Nets, behind Joe Johnson’s 25 points rallied for an 88-85 win over the Knicks on Monday to even the season series at two wins apiece. The win also improved Brooklyn’s record to 25-16 and they are now one game behind the first place Knicks (25-14).
It was a huge game, and in a way a huge shame. How can the NBA squirrel away this blossoming rivalry out of sight, bury it for the winter, from now until the playoffs or maybe next fall? How can the Knicks and Nets each have two games remaining in the regular season with Milwaukee, and none against each other?
The sooner the Knicks figure out that London isn’t calling anymore, the better off they’ll be. The sooner they realize that they’re not up against the putrid Pistons, and unable to name the score, the better off they’ll be. The sooner they realize that they’re no longer playing in something called the O2 Arena, the better off they’ll be.
J.R. Smithsays the difference between the Nets under Avery Johnson and the team being run by P.J. Carlesimo is striking. “Honestly, I just think their players want to play for P.J. more,â? Smith said following an 88-85 loss to the Nets Monday. “They seem more enthused.”
Kris Humphries could have used the high-powered microphones Knicks owner James Dolan has hanging around. Humphries did not need them to document the vitriol Knicks fans spewed at him Monday afternoon at the Garden, but maybe he could have picked up a sign of life from the crowd after the Nets pulled out the 88-85 win.
Carmelo Anthony had a chance to make Martin Luther King Day his own. Instead, he allowed Brooklyn’s other No. 7 steal the afternoon.
Joe Johnson and the Nets owned the Garden’s annual holiday matinee, and they may soon own the Atlantic Division.
As J.R. Smith put it…
The narrative can flip â?? and quickly. Just look at Joe Johnson. Look at him demanding the ball in the dire moments of a heart-thumping basketball game at the Garden, his team down a point, 19,033 people screaming themselves hoarse, most of them pleading for a stop.
Then listen to…
The Knicks have had success playing small this season. The Nets beat them yesterday by playing big.
The Nets emerged with a hard-fought 88-85 victory over the Knicks in the Martin Luther King Day matinee thanks to the pounding Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries and the rest of the Nets’ frontline…
Gerald Wallace wasn’t a happy man after learning Deron Williams had made 52 consecutive free throws before missing the first of two with 5.7 seconds left yesterday at the Garden. The Nets were leading the rival Knicks 88-85 at the time, and two free throws would have ensured…
There was no Knicks victory and there was no James Dolan-ordered parabolic microphones on the Garden court for yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day matinee.
After using gigantic audio mikes to tape-record Carmelo Anthony’s conversations with opponents on the court for the last two home games, Dolan backed off…
Iman Shumpert got a big hand from the Garden crowd during player introductions for the first time this season.
Yesterday was his first game this season in the United States but it wasn’t a memorable one. After his solid season debut in London last Thursday, Shumpert couldn’t knock…
All things considered, J.R. Smith’s chance to forge a tie for the Knicks at the buzzer yesterday landed somewhere in the “highly unlikelyâ? to “virtually impossibleâ? to “you’re kiddingâ? categories.
His 28-foot, highly contested 3-point heave banked off the glass and teasingly kissed the rim before falling…