NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at New York
(Saturday, January 1st)
Final Score: New Jersey 93, New York 87
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson led a balanced New Jersey attack, scoring 17 points, as the Nets beat their cross-river rivals the New York Knicks, 93-87, at Madison Square Garden.
Vince Carter added 16 points for New Jersey, which had a total of five players score in double figures. Jason Kidd and Rodney Buford tallied 13 points each and Nenad Kristic recorded 12 points and seven boards for the Nets, who have won four of six.
"We're always trying to play as a team," Jefferson said.
Stephon Marbury had a game-high 31 points and dished out eight assists, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first half and never recovered.
"I'm telling you what it is. I know I'm the best point guard in the NBA," said Marbury, who statistically won the battle against Kidd.
"Don't get me wrong, I love Jason Kidd, he is a great point guard," Marbury said. "(But) how am I comparing myself to him when I think I'm the best point guard to play basketball? That makes no sense. I can't compare myself to somebody when I already think I'm the best."
Nazr Mohammed added 18 points and 13 boards for New York, which had a three- game win streak halted.
"They played well tonight and deserved to win the game tonight," Marbury added.
The Nets led 26-20 after one quarter and extended their lead to as many as 18 points in the second quarter before going into halftime ahead 49-36. New Jersey opened the second outscoring the Knicks 22-10 to grab a 48-30 advantage with 3:30 left in the stanza. Buford had eight points during the push, which was capped by a Carter free throw.
In the third, New York got back into the game. After falling behind 57-40 3 1/2 into the stanza, the Knicks scored 18 of the final 25 points of the quarter to draw within 65-58 going into the fourth.
To start the final frame, a Trevor Ariza jumper early on drew the Knicks within 65-60. Then, after the Nets came up empty at the offensive end, Mike Sweetney had a chance to draw the Knicks to three, but he missed two free throws and New Jersey took advantage.
The Nets responded by scoring 10 straight points to increase their lead back to 15 points. Five different New Jersey players scored during the burst with Krstic capping it with a bucket at the 7:20 mark.
The Knicks later drew within five a number of times down the stretch, but couldn't get any closer.
This was the opener of a three-game road trip for the Nets...NJ is 45-10 on the road...NY is 10-5 at home...The Knicks had beat the Nets 87-79 earlier this season at the Meadowlands...NJ has won seven of nine versus the Knicks...New Jersey forward Brian Scalabrine missed the game with an upper respitory infection...Jabari Smith hit the first three-pointer of his career at the buzzer to end the first quarter...Before the game, the Knicks activated guard Anfernee Hardaway off the injured list. He didn't score in 12 minutes of action...To make room for Hardaway on the roster, the Knicks placed guard Jamison Brewer on the IL with right toe tendinitis...NY last lost on New Year's Day in 1967, ending an eight-game winning streak on the holiday...Marbury has scored 30 or more points in three straight games, marking the first time a Knick has done that since Patrick Ewing March 5-9, 1997.
01/01 23:39:56 ET