From the desks of:
THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH and DUTCH PANTS CAN'T JUMP
Battle of the Boroughs
Knicks win series 4-0
I - NYK 107; BKN 86
II - NYK 111; BKN 104
III NYK 119;BKN 104
IV - NYK 111; BKN 95
New York Knicks: Tweet This! Enes Kanter's Double-Double Buries Brooklyn.
That's a wrap.
The New York Knicks win this year's season series four games to none. It's their first sweep of the Nets in seven years. In fact, the games weren't even close. The Knicks won each contest by an average margin of 16-points.
Kristaps Porzingis led all players with 28-points Tuesday night at the Garden. He was 9/19 (47%) from the floor, and a perfect 4/4 from the line, but inflicted most of his damage from beyond the arch, connecting on six of nine attempts.
Enes Kanter, however, wins the coveted employee of the night award. Double-Zero scored 20-points and dominated the boards with 15 defensive rebounds and 20 overall, with all but five rebounds coming at the defensive end. It was his 21st double-double of the season in 48 games played. For the moment, he is averaging double-digit rebounds for only the second time in his career, and is also averaging a career high .607% from the floor (fourth best in the league).
Did I also mention he tied with a team-high five assists as well?
None of this bodes well for the disgruntled Joakim Noah - nor should it. Simply put, Kanter, the third overall pick of the 2011 draft, is winning the day.
Now, if only KP and Kanter had a point guard.
About that ...
In 20-minutes, Jarrett Jack had four assists and just two points off four attempts. Meanwhile, rookie Frank Ntilikina scored eight points with five assists in 26-minutes off the bench.
Brooklyn Nets: Wet Paint ... Do Not Touch.
At this point, why waste oxygen decrying the defense? It's an issue ... a huge issue ... one that Enes Kanter put on full display Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Nets are allowing an average of 108.8 points per game this season - seventh most in the league. However, they were particularly generous against their cross-river rivals, as the Knicks averaged 112-points in four games against the Nets.
For a team that doesn't necessarily have a problem scoring, per se, the Nets only averaged 97-points per game against the Knicks which is eight points shy of their 105 points per game average.
Jahlil Okafor's 25-minutes were his most since coming to the Nets. He accounted for 13 rebounds, but was only 2/7 from the floor with five points off the bench.