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Knicks host Nets in Brooklyn-New York battle

According to STATS
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Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks

  1. The Knicks have won five of six against the Nets at Madison Square Garden since the 2014-15 season. New York has scored at least 105 points in all six games, while holding the Nets to 96 points or fewer in five of the six games.
  2. Brooklyn lost, 120-114, to the Warriors yesterday despite shooting 47.6 percent (20-for-42) from three-point range. The Nets have two losses in franchise history when making at least 20 threes at a 45.0 percent clip or better, while all other NBA teams have three such games combined.
  3. After winning their season opener, the Knicks have lost five games in a row. New York allowed 47 points in the fourth quarter against Golden State in its most recent loss, the most any team has allowed in a fourth quarter this season.
  4. D'Angelo Russell has scored at least 24 points in back-to-back games, sinking 11 of 17 three-pointers over that time. Since last season, the Nets are 0-9 when Russell scores at least 24 points.
  5. Over his last two games against the Nets, Enes Kanter has averaged 24.5 points and 15.0 rebounds on 71.4 percent shooting. Kanter's 67 rebounds this season are the most by a Knick through six team games in a season since Zach Randolph pulled down 69 at the beginning of the 2008-09 season.
  6. Since last season's All-Star break, Joe Harris is shooting 49.2 percent from three-point range. Only Stephen Curry (50.3 percent) has a higher mark among players with at least 100 three-point attempts over that time.

If their respective performances against the Golden State Warriors are any indication, the New York Knicks are in for a world of hurt on Monday night as they host Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m.

After the Knicks were demolished, 128-100 against the Warriors in a game that featured a 47-16 fourth quarter for the Dubs the Nets took Golden State down to the wire in a 120-114 loss on Sunday.

The difference between the two games, and the two cross-town rivals?

Brooklyn's offense showed up against the Warriors, particularly in a 37-27 fourth quarter, when the Nets' comeback barely fell short. Allen Crabbe had three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth and the Nets cut it to two with 1 minute, 55 seconds left before Kevin Durant hit a pullup jumper and Stephen Curry a 3-pointer down the stretch.

"I felt like we did get stronger as the game went on," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "I thought that the guys really made a second push. I thought it was a good effort in the second half. Listen, I don't think the crowd was pleased with our first half, the coach wasn't pleased, the players weren't pleased, so we were - at halftime it wasn't pleasant in there because I don't think we played up to our capabilities. So, just to see us play Nets basketball in the second half, that gives us some encouragement going in to tomorrow night's game."

The Nets stayed true against the Warriors in the first quarter, staying within three as they opened the second, but then they laid an egg with 20 points as Golden State stretched its lead to 14 points at the break.

But the Nets were respectable in third quarter, as well, as Golden State only managed a 30-28 edge.

"I felt like the effort - the defensive effort - especially on the boards," Atkinson said. "This team, you can't give multiple shots. I know they didn't have a ton of offensive rebounds but I thought they had three or four that they just outhustled us and you're just not going to have a chance - you're going to be down 20 - against a talented team like that."

The Knicks learned that the hard way in the fourth quarter of their 28-point loss on Friday, when Kevin Durant had 25 of his game-high 41 points.

"He's special. I don't have to describe it to understand what you just saw," Knicks coach David Fizdale said after the game. "There's one guy maybe in the world that does that at that level. The shot he makes. The places he can get. It's special."

After falling to Golden State's terrific twosome of Durant and Stephen Curry on Friday, now the Knicks have to handle Brooklyn's one-two punch of De'Angelo Russell and Chris LeVert, a duo that poured in 48 points on Sunday.

"I think we complement each other," Russell said after the game. "I think we are both able to play off the ball. We just flow. We have a chemistry that's connecting well together. I think our next step is getting other guys involved and finishing games at the same point at the same time. Yeah, it's early, but I think all summer we got that vibe. We watched film. We break it down together. We see the same things, so it allows us to connect on the court."

Updated October 29, 2018

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