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Nets top Knicks, 88-85, in MLK Day face-off at Garden, splitting 4-game series

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith shoots a layup against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Monday afternoon. AP photo by Kathy Willens

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Joe Johnson made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 25 points, leading the Brooklyn Nets to an 88-85 over the New York Knicks on Monday and a split of the four-game series between the city rivals.

Deron Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for the Nets, who cut the Knicks' Atlantic Division lead to one game. Brook Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Kris Humphries came off the bench for 11 points and 13 boards.

Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and seven assists for the Knicks, but missed all six shots in the fourth quarter and finished 11 of 29 for the game. J.R. Smith scored 16 points and Amare Stoudemire 15.

January 21, 2013 - 6:05pm


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