The Knicks are no longer the biggest losers in New York. The Brooklyn Nets look like the real Big Apple busts.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points, and the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with 113-83 romp Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the city rivals.
The visiting Knicks (4-13) snapped a tie with the Nets (5-14) for most losses in New York, winning the game and the crowd with a dominant second half that had Spike Lee and the rest of the fans wearing blue and orange cheering perhaps the Knicks' most complete performance of the season.
Andrea Bargnani scored 16 before he was ejected in the fourth quarter, Knicks fans roaring in support of him standing up to Kevin Garnett.
Brook Lopez had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Nets.
Clippers 101, Grizzlies 81 - Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, and Darren Collison each scored 15 points as Los Angeles beat host Memphis (Kosta Koufos 17).
Rose hopes to return
Derrick Rose isn't quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season. The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed - even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.
Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in Chicago three days later, cutting short his long-awaited return after he sat out last season recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
- Associated Press