To their credit the Nets backed up their bravado. They talked about how confident they were coming into their recent clash with the Knicks, they talked about how big this N.Y. /N.J. rivalry was to them, and they came out and spanked the Knicks 100-92, thanks in large part to a dominating effort by Deron Williams, who scored 38 points.
What makes this loss so embarrassing for the Knicks is not only did they lose to a Nets team that was 9-24 coming into the game, but they lost to a Nets team that is devoid of any talent, and, minus Williams, scored only 62 points in the game and shot only 35 percent from the floor.
The Knicks never had an answer for Williams, who connected on eight three pointers, including three in a row to blow the game wide open in the third quarter, taking hold at 75-59 with 2:43 left in the period.
As for the Knicks offense, they never got on track. Carmelo Anthony's first appearance in the now Jeremy Lin led offense, was a complete meltdown. He didn't get on the same page with Lin, as Anthony still tried to be the hero taking every shot he thought he saw but missing badly most of the time. With Anthony back in the line-up and Baron Davis coming off the bench, it actually hurt the Knicks offense since Steve Novak, Jared Jeffries and J.R. Smith were seldom used in the meltdown.
For the Nets, this was the biggest win of their season. They have become a forgotten story thus far this season with their poor play and depleted roster. The only news the Nets made before this game were pre-season rumors about acquiring Dwight Howard, and that's it! The Nets have been pathetic all season. They jumped on the back of Williams, and he carried them home, something that he has not done since becoming a Net last winter.
It was the game of his life, and in a town dominated by Linsanity, Deron Williams made sure to let everyone know that he is one of the best point guards in the sport as well.
For the Knicks this was a huge lose.
With the Boston Celtics dropping a decision to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, New York needed a win to jump over Boston in the standings. Plus, Philadelphia has been falling apart, so a Knicks win would have put New York 3.5 games out of first.
Instead they are still under .500 and remain 4.5 games out of first. If the Knicks have any plans of winning this division, they had to win a game like this against a bad basketball team. The result was embarrassing, and it will only get tougher when they face the Hawks on Wednesday and the Heat on Thursday night.