NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at New York
(Wednesday, April 15th)
Final Score: New York 102, New Jersey 73
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Wilson Chandler led the Knicks with 16 points, and New York ended the season on a high note with a 102-73 rout of its Atlantic Division rivals, the New Jersey Nets, at Madison Square Garden.
Larry Hughes added 15 points and Chris Wilcox 14 for the Knicks (32-50), who closed out the season by losing seven of their last 10 games. Nate Robinson finished with 12 points and four assists.
David Lee recorded his NBA-leading 65th double-double with 12 points and 12 boards in the win for New York, which hasn't made the playoffs since the 2003-04 campaign.
"The fans have been wonderful, they stuck by us through the tough times," said Robinson. "Hopefully next year we can get to the playoffs."
Chris Douglas-Roberts donated 18 points for the Nets (34-48), who dropped nine of their final 13 games to finish up. Ryan Anderson totaled 13 points and 11 boards in the setback.
The Nets will miss the playoffs for a second straight season.
"I'm disappointed that we're not playing [in the postseason]," said Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. "I don't think anyone is ever glad it's all over. You want to at least get into the postseason."
The Knicks led 24-16 after the first quarter and were up 52-40 at the break.
Robinson's jumper and five points from Chandler gave New York a 72-54 lead late in the third stanza.
New York was in control, 81-58, heading to the final 12 minutes. The visitors failed to pose a threat in the fourth.
The Nets shot 31.3 percent from the field, while the Knicks hit at a 44.7 percent clip...Both teams had 49 rebounds...New Jersey, which lost its sixth straight road game, finished 15-26 away from the Meadowlands this season...New York was 20-21 at MSG this season...The season series ended at 2-2...The Nets had won two straight and 13 of the past 18 matchups between the teams. The Nets had also won two straight and 10 of their last 12 trips to Madison Square Garden.
04/16 00:25:54 ET