Both New York teams failed to deliver on Saturday night, with the Knicks suffering an embarrassing loss in Philly, while the Nets gave up 119 points to the Rockets.
Raymond Felton returned for New York, but it was the Sixers’ point guard and recently announced All-Star, Jrue Holiday (35 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 16-25 FG) who stole the show. Holiday was sensational for the home team and the main reason they were able to record a 97-80 win. The Knicks were able to make the score respectable late, though the game was out of reach before the half.
Carmelo Anthony scored his usual 25 points, however had himself another rough shooting night, only making nine out of his twenty-eight shots. Amar’e Stoudemire continued to show positive signs, scoring 20 points off the bench. Shumpert, Kidd and Smith were horrible on offense, shooting a combined 0-17 from the field, as the entire Knicks’ team only shot 34.6%.
In the later game, Brooklyn led by an impressive opening quarter from Deron Williams (20 points), were able to take the lead after one. Houston were dominant in the second quarter and set up a comfortable lead, eventually winning 119-106. The Nets were out rebounded and simply outplayed in the remaining three quarters. Deron Williams only scored seven points after the first quarter, and was ejected late in the game. Brook Lopez (21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks) continued to play consistently, but Houston’s key players were too much for Brooklyn. Rockets’ star James Harden scored 29 points, while Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds.