Jan. 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) takes a technical free throw against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets Escape New York With A Win

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Jan. 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) looks to pass the ball as New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Please basketball Gods, make the Knicks and Nets play each other in the playoffs.

For the final time this season, New York and Brooklyn squared off, and again it went down to the wire.

The Nets, led by Joe Johnson’s 25 points and his game winning jumper, were able to hold on down the stretch with some key defensive plays and clutch free throws to record a 88-85 victory. The game almost went to overtime, but J.R. Smith’s last second three was off target.

Brooklyn controlled the game in the first half, holding a six-point lead at the main break. The second half was much closer though, as the Knicks were able to force numerous turnovers which led to points at the other end. New York missed opportunities late in the fourth quarter and in the end ran out of time.

Joe Johnson (25 points, 5 assists) and Brook Lopez (14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks) were significant in the Nets’ win, while Carmelo Anthony (29 points, 7 assists) was solid for the Knicks, and created shots for Amar’e Stoudemire (15 points, 6 rebounds) under the rim.

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