Knicks win battle of boroughs

J.R. Smith knocks the ball away from Kevin Garnett of the Nets, who is held scoreless in a lackluster contest between New York City boroughs.

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J.R. Smith knocks the ball away from Kevin Garnett of the Nets, who is held scoreless in a lackluster contest between New York City boroughs.

NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 and the Knicks beat the Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals.

The Knicks prevented the Nets from clinching the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and won their third straight in their too-little, too-late strong finish. Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith each added 14 points.

Carmelo Anthony missed the game and will miss tonight's season-finale against the Raptors with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his tenure with the Knicks.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points and a career-best 8.1 rebounds in 77 games. The Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday.

Anthony, 30, initially hurt the shoulder this month but kept playing as the Knicks were trying to grab the Eastern Conference's No. 8 seed. An MRI exam revealed the tear.

"Obviously he knew it was bothering him when he hurt it a few weeks ago, but he hung in there with us and tried to make this last push to get in the playoffs," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.

The Knicks said Anthony would not require surgery and would be evaluated in about a month. Anthony said before the season that he planned to opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July. The Knicks could offer Anthony a five-year, $129 million deal, which is about $33 million more than any other team can.

"I have a lot to think about," Anthony told TNT before the game.

Marcus Thornton scored 24 for the Nets, who weren't sharp despite playing starters Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

The Nets wore their Brooklyn Dodgers-inspired grey uniforms on Jackie Robinson Day. He debuted for the Dodgers as the first black player in the major leagues on this date in 1947.

PACERS WILL REST STARTERS: Pacers coach Frank Vogel said All-Star starter Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will not play tonight at Orlando.

Knicks 109, Nets 98

NEW YORK (109): Shumpert 4-9 3-4 11, Stoudemire 3-4 8-9 14, Chandler 1-1 0-0 2, Felton 3-8 0-0 8, Smith 3-8 5-6 14, Hardaway Jr. 5-10 2-2 16, Aldrich 4-6 5-5 13, Tyler 3-5 2-4 8, Prigioni 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 4-7 6-6 14, Murry 2-8 3-4 9. Totals 32-67 34-40 109.

BROOKLYN (98): Kirilenko 2-6 0-0 4, Pierce 4-8 4-6 13, Garnett 0-4 0-0 0, Williams 4-9 1-1 10, Johnson 3-9 4-7 12, Plumlee 7-9 2-4 16, Thornton 7-15 6-8 24, Blatche 2-4 3-3 8, Gutierrez 2-7 0-0 5, Teague 1-2 2-2 4, Collins 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-75 22-31 98.

New York 29 26 28 26— 109

Brooklyn 18 25 24 31— 98

3-Point GoalsNew York 11-21 (Hardaway Jr. 4-5, Smith 3-7, Murry 2-3, Felton 2-4, Shumpert 0-2), Brooklyn 10-25 (Thornton 4-10, Johnson 2-5, Pierce 1-2, Gutierrez 1-2, Blatche 1-2, Williams 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 42 (Aldrich 13), Brooklyn 50 (Plumlee 9). AssistsNew York 15 (Murry 5), Brooklyn 25 (Plumlee, Gutierrez, Johnson, Kirilenko, Teague 4). Total FoulsNew York 28, Brooklyn 26. A17,732 (17,732).

Knicks win battle of boroughs 04/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:51pm]

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