NBA Game Summary - New York at New Jersey
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: New York 111, New Jersey 105
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford scored 35 points and hit the go-ahead shot from beyond the arc in the final minute, as the Knicks rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets, 111-105, clinching the season series for the first time in nearly a decade.
Zach Randolph tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which has won three in a row overall for the first time since January 3-10 last season. Crawford, who went 6-of-10 from three-point range, also had eight assists, as the Knicks moved to 3-0 versus the Nets this season. That secured New York the season-series win for the first time since capturing three of four meetings during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Eddy Curry chipped in 17 points and Nate Robinson 13 for the Knicks, who also won twice at New Jersey for the first time in a single season since 1994-95.
"We got out to a pretty rocky start, but our team battled back," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said. "I like the way our team is playing right now."
Vince Carter had 26 points to lead the Nets, who have lost three in a row. Richard Jefferson ended with 22 points and Jason Kidd chipped in 10 points and 17 assists.
"You can look at it as two ways, we gave it away or they took it," Kidd said. "We had an opportunity to blow it away in the first half, and we didn't."
Josh Boone scored 18 to go along with 12 rebounds, while Sean Williams added 16 points for New Jersey.
Crawford banked in a jumper with 1:19 left, but Williams' two free throws tied the game at 102 with 1:10 left. Crawford nailed a three-pointer from the right wing with 59.9 seconds to go.
"He's playing light-out basketball," Thomas said of Crawford. "He's becoming a big-time player in this league."
Kidd's three-point attempt then went in-and-out, and Randolph hit two foul shots with 38 seconds left.
Carter's missed three, combined with two Fred Jones free throws, moved the Knicks to a 109-102 cushion with 33.9 seconds remaining.
The Nets scored the first six points and raced to a 9-2 lead. Eight consecutive points moved the advantage to 25-13 and Bostjan Nachbar's jam had New Jersey in front, 33-18, going into the second.
A Malik Allen bucket had the Nets in front 43-27 with 7:45 left until halftime, but the Knicks rallied with an ensuing 25-10 spurt, closing within a point on two Robinson free throws with 28.8 seconds left.
Boone followed with a driving layup for the final points of the half and a 55-52 New Jersey lead before the Knicks gained a 70-62 lead early in the third. It was 86-78 in favor of the Knicks going into the fourth, and New York stretched that margin to 15 points at 94-79 following a Robinson three with 9:04 left.
The Nets rallied with a 10-0 run later in the period, tying the game at 97 on Jefferson's layup with 4:02 remaining.
Each team had 16 turnovers...The Nets went 20-of-31 at the foul line, compared to 30-of-35 for New York.
01/16 23:27:42 ET