Spencer Dinwiddie hit a game-high 30 points at Madison Square Garden, tipping the Nets over into a 103-101 victory over the New York Knicks last night.
Meanwhile highly anticipated Kyrie Irving is predicted to miss two more games in Cleveland and Boston against his old homes as his eventual return is rumoured to include Dinwiddie in a starting position.
Brooklyn is 4-1 to balance their record at 8-8 since Irving dropped to the sideline to join Caris LeVert and Kevin Durant as Dinwiddie is praised for holding down the team in their absence. He went 13-of-14 on the free-throw line as the Nets took a huge 27-9 advantage in total.
Jarrett Allen and Dinwiddie went to the bench on opening lead of 29-15 to the Nets, allowing the Knicks to counter and close the gap to 52-46 by halftime. Marcus Morris scored a team-high 26 points for New York but, in the absence of star rookie RJ Barrett, it wasn’t enough to prevent their third straight loss.
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Kevin Knox II started in place of Barrett, who was written off after feeling sick before the game. This marks Knox’s first start this season as his minutes off the bench have continued to decline. But coach Fizdale’s vote of confidence fell short with Knox racking up four fouls less than four minutes into the second half, scoring only five points in just under 18 minutes.
Allen added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn whilst Taurean Prince put up 14 points with game-highs of 11 rebounds and five assists. Back-to-back 3s by Morris and another by Wayne Ellington pushed the Knicks up to a one-point deficit but Joe Harris swooped in to save the game, hitting four of his 13 points with 1.20 left.
Despite a more admirable effort after their loss against San Antonio the night before, a game in which they never led, the Knicks fall to 4-13 ahead of a five-game stretch against Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee and Denver.
Mavericks 137, Rockets 123
Kings 113, Wizards 106
Nuggets 116, Suns 104
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