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Nets 109, Knicks 98: Scenes from a playoff push plopping loudly into the toilet bowl of reality


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Holy crap, that was pathetic. The New York Knicks came out of the All-Star break looking fresh and rejuvenated against the Brooklyn Nets ... for the entire first quarter, and part of the fourth. The bench farted away most of a nine-point lead to begin the second, the starters came back in and recaptured the edge a few minutes later and then everything fell apart from there. A 20-2 Nets run spanning the second and third quarters put the game out of reach, save for the customary fake-ass comeback.

Hey let's all look at Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks bench -- so lame in the first half -- actually played pretty well in the fourth quarter during said fake-ass comeback.

Carmelo Anthony started out hot, and then faded mightily.

Melo looked old and slow. Most of the Knicks looked old and slow, because most of them are.

Recap to come.