On a night when much was at stake between two teams that no one really cared about, one team stood up and asserted its dominance while the other stood and remained in the shadow.
In the shadow of the city and in the shadow of the “Toilet Bowl”, which many were referring to on the Twitter.
The New York Knicks looked dominant from beginning to end — as if they should’ve been looking all season long. The Brooklyn Nets, on the other hand, looked as dark as the black-shadowed letters on their white jerseys.
The game ended in a 113-83 rout at the hands of the Knicks, and I don’t even think it was that close. Carmelo Anthony scored a quiet 19 points, and added an even quieter 10 rebounds. Iman Shumpert hit five 3-pointers on his way to a 17-point and six rebound night. Andrea Bargnani looked like a defensive specialist on top of his 16 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 59 percent (16 for 27) from behind the arc.
The bottom line, and more importantly, everything clicked. Heck, even Amar’e Stoudemire got in on the action.
I’m not sure what a win over a “rival” like this will do for the Knicks going forward. They could win the next six games as far as I’m concerned, or they could lose the next 10. Either way, I wouldn’t be surprised. That’s how much uncertainty I have about this team.
At least for one night, the Knicks were who we thought they were going to be entering the season. Now let’s see if they can extend that to two nights.