Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Pick, Roll

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Pick, Roll

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NEW YORK - The Knicks, for all of their plans and panicked moves, were floundering once again Wednesday, down double-digits in the third quarter to the tired Nets.

The defense had been reworked, the offense was a work in progress and still, nothing was working. And then Carmelo Anthony took over.

In a span of five minutes Anthony scored 14 straight points for the Knicks, turning a nine-point deficit into a lead entering the fourth quarter. He didn't score another point, handing the reins over to Kristaps Porzingis down the stretch, but he had lifted the Knicks when they needed it most, helping them to a 110-96 win.

"It's a show," Brandon Jennings said. "You kind of just sit back and watch. He was asking me what play we're going to run. I said we're running the play, your play. Just get it and go. That's the play we're running. When a guy has it like that, he's one of the best scorers in the league, you kind of just sit back and just be in awe at times."

Anthony finished with 22 points, not anything out of the ordinary for a player who is one of the top scorers in NBA history. It was just the timing. The Knicks seemed in danger early, but whether it was fatigue setting in on the Nets or simply the Knicks waking up, an early 14-point deficit turned into an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter, and for a night, all was well again. At least for a night it was with the Knicks, now bound for a back-to-back set in Boston and Toronto on Friday and Saturday.

"I don't think anyone ever knows that something like that is coming," Anthony said. "It's a feeling, kind of is a zone that you go into. I got there coming out of halftime."

Anthony started, but down the stretch when the Knicks turned that slim lead into a blowout, it was not the biggest free agents or the longtime face of the franchise, and it wasn't the plans put in place by Phil Jackson that did it.

Jennings and Porzingis repeatedly ran a simple pick-and-roll, daring the Nets to stop it. And for some reason the Nets would chase Jennings every time and he would find Porzingis.. Jennings, who had 11 assists, might have been the only person celebrating more than the fans. …

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