NEWARK, N.J. — Chris Duhon scored 21 points, and the
New York Knicks completed a preseason sweep of the winless New Jersey Nets with
a 94-92 victory Wednesday night.
Duhon had 15 points in the second quarter, when the
Knicks opened an 18-point lead. They blew all of it in the third, then pulled it
out in the final minutes despite having the end of their bench on the floor
against New Jersey's starters.
Rookie Toney Douglas made the go-ahead 3-pointer with
2:33 remaining, then added a spinning basket in the lane with 14 seconds to go
after the Nets had cut the lead to two. He finished with 13 points.
David Lee and Wilson Chandler each added 11 points for
New York, which finished exhibition play at 5-2. The Knicks beat the Nets
115-107 on Oct. 4 in Albany, then held on for a 93-89 victory last Friday at
Madison Square Garden.
Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 26 points for the Nets
(0-6), who will try to avoid a winless preseason when they face Philadelphia on
Friday at St. John's. Courtney Lee had 19, but missed the first of two free
throws with 1.1 seconds left and the Nets trailing by two. He missed the second
intentionally, and a tip by Brook Lopez also missed.
The Knicks seemed on the way to a rout at the Prudential
Center when they made 14 of 18 shots (78 percent) in the second quarter,
including all six 3-point attempts, and opened a 57-39 halftime lead.
The Nets charged right back by limiting the Knicks to 5-of-23 shooting in the third, outscoring them 36-17 to take a one-point lead into
a fourth quarter that featured some hard fouls by the Nets' Bobby Simmons and
Though it was another rough night on the court, the Nets
had a day that could help shape their future.
Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, who last month reached
an agreement to buy 80 percent of the team and nearly half of a project to build
a new arena in Brooklyn, was in New York earlier Wednesday to meet with NBA
owners at their Board of Governors meetings.
If the owners approve the sale — a vote likely wouldn't
come until the spring — that could be what finally gets the Nets to Brooklyn.
Until then, perhaps they would consider more games at
the Prudential Center, where former Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden, an
executive with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, and Joe
Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, were part of a crowd of 15,721 that
is well more than the Nets usually draw at the Meadowlands.
Prokhorov did not attend.
Duhon came in shooting 26.5 percent in the preseason and
had made only 3 of 19 3-pointers, but he was flawless in the second quarter. His
layup tied it at 33 midway through the period and kicked off a 15-1 spurt that
featured two 3-pointers by Duhon, and one apiece from Wilson Chandler and Danilo
Gallinari. Duhon and Chandler nailed consecutive 3s to close the half, pushing
New York's lead to 57-39.