Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but none were bigger than this jumper with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Nets the lead for good on the way to an 88-85 win over the Knicks that tied the season series at two games apiece.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 29 points for New York on 11-of-29 shooting, and had a good look at a shot from less than 10 feet away on the following possession.
But with Gerald Wallace defending, the attempt was an airball that went long, and Deron Williams made three of his four free throw attempts over the game’s final couple of possessions to seal it for Brooklyn.
Both teams like to shoot the ball from three-point distance, but a Knicks team that had so much success in that area in the first part of the season struggled in this one, going just 6-of-21 from beyond the arc, while the Nets were able to convert 12-of-24 from downtown, which included 5-of-8 from Johnson.
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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.