Carmelo Anthony did his best to carry the New York Knicks Monday night in Brooklyn, but didn’t save his best for last as the Knicks lost an 96-89 overtime heartbreaker in Brooklyn, the Knicks third loss in their past four games.
Anthony scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but was only 10-of-16 at the free throw line, including four costly misses in the fourth quarter that could have led to a win.
Tyson Chandler finished with 28 points and 10 boards, but no other Knicks player finished in double figures.
Raymond Felton was abysmal shooting the ball, finishing just 3-of-19 from the field, but the Knicks had to stick with him with fellow point guard Jason Kidd out with back spasms.
But the story was once again awful shot selection and bad decision making down the stretch.
The Nets were up five with four minutes to play in regulation, but the Knicks ran off eight straight to take an 84-81 lead with 1:40 left.
But they wouldn’t score again in regulation.
Felton was the only one to shoot the ball over a 1:20 stretch, missing three jumpers and being called for traveling.
After Brook Lopez tied it with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining, Anthony took a contested and rushed jumper with the clock winding down.
Chandler gave the Knicks the quick lead in overtime with an uncontested dunk, but that was it for the Knicks.
The Nets answered with eight straight points, taking the lead for good at 89-86 on Jerry Stackhouse’s 3-pointer with 3:31 remaining before three straight points from Gerald Wallace, who finished with 16.
When the Knicks had the ball in overtime it was nothing but isolation plays for ‘Melo and Felton.
From the 1:40 mark of the fourth quarter and overtime, the duo combined to go 0-for-9 from the floor with most of the shots of the bad shot variety.
Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Deron Williams had 16 points and 14 assists. Stackhouse also finished in double-figures with 14, including four big three’s that were daggers.
Both teams are now 9-4 on the season.
The Knicks will be back in action Wednesday when they hit the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
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