Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Even Series, Prevail in Yawner

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Even Series, Prevail in Yawner

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NEW YORK -- Only two weeks from today, the NBA playoffs will begin.

Friday night was a sad and vivid reminder why, for the first time since 2010, none of that postseason excitement will be coming to New York City.

The Knicks pulled away to beat the Nets, 105-91, in a meaningless game at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks' Langston Galloway led all scorers with 18 points. Sean Kilpatrick led the Nets with 17.

Before the game, Nets interim coach Tony Brown summed up the current status of this "rivalry."

"Two teams not going to playoffs, I don't know what else it could mean," Brown said.

Injury and circumstance further depleted the significance of this matchup.

Several starters were missing from both lineups: Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon sat out for the Knicks because of injury. Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic missed the game for the Nets to rest -- Brooklyn was playing its fourth game in five nights.

Personal pride was the only thing on the line, as the Knicks hoped to salvage a 2-2 season split with the Nets.

"We wanted to beat them," said Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 13 points. "We definitely wanted to beat them. There's no [extra] motivation, but I'm glad we beat them."

Although it was hardly a memorable win.

The beginning was fitting. Rookie Jerian Grant, put into the starting lineup for the first time in his career, took the Knicks' first shot of the game. It missed the rim by about three feet.

Grant recovered, notching 14 points with four assists. But the crowd spent most of the night in a catatonic state. Some of the loudest roars came at halftime, for a children's Simon Says competition at center court.

The subdued atmosphere seemed to affect the referees, who were anything but sharp. In the third quarter, Nets forward Thomas Robinson began dribbling the ball down the floor without hesitation and was inexplicably -- and incorrectly -- called for a double dribble. …

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