The first three and a half quarters was played by both teams like the seventh game of the NBA finals.
Although both teams attempted to play down the significance of the game during the week it was clear at the tip that this might be the biggest game both teams played this year.
This was not simply about the top two teams Eastern conference doing battle. Oh no. This game was played to send a message of supremacy in the city and a prelude to what might happen in the playoffs this year.
Playoffs?!? Yes, playoffs.
In the last two minutes of the fourth quarter Raymond Felton took five of the Knicks six shots before making his last a most fatal offensive play of the night.
Felton, trying to be a damn hero, with 44 seconds left on the game clock and 16 on the shot clock came off a pick and roll to put up a contested fade a way jump shot at the top of the key which he missed. The Nets possession resulted in a foul by the Knicks and Lopez tying the Knicks with 24 seconds left on the game clock.
The Knicks, took a time out after Lopez missed the second of two free throws to plan their play to take the lead.
We all knew what that plan was, stop screwing around and give Carmelo the ball which is what happened and Anthony missed the shot.
The Nets secured the rebound and called time out with 3.6 seconds remaining.
The Nets came out of the huddle only to receive the ball in the back-court. Deron Williams rushed the ball up and tossed almost a half court shot and missed which took both teams into over time for the first time this season.
In overtime with the game tied at 86 Stackhouse dropped his fourth three point shot of the game which seemed to shake the Knicks at their foundation because they couldn't match the Nets afterwards.
The Knicks had to resort to playing hack a Net after they got down by seven points late in overtime and it didn't help.
To the Knicks I say, you lost in the Barclay Center as I said you would before the season began, now get the fuck out. Brooooklyn!
Knicks Lose Again, Brooklyn 96 - Knicks 89