WHAT IT MEANS: City management is very much up for grabs.
The Nets (11-9), who blew a pair of double-digit leads, have now dropped a season-high five games in a row.
Former Net Jason Kidd snapped a 97-all tie with a 3-pointer with 24.9 seconds left. Brooklyn missed a pair of chances to tie.
The crowd was 50-50, but the Knicks fans led 75-25 in noise.
HE’S SO UNBELIEVABLE: Gerald Wallace never had a chance. Carmelo Anthony was unguardable. The Brooklyn native torched the Nets for a season-high 45 points after dropping 34 on them in the first meeting between the two teams.
BROOKLYN’S BACKCOURT: Deron Williams scored 18 points and dropped 10 assists, while Joe Johnson rebounded from a six-point outing/benching Sunday to chip in 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting. D-Will missed a game-tying 3 right before the buzzer.
STATS OF THE NIGHT: The Nets outscored the Knicks, 48-20, in the paint -- at one point they led 28-4 -- while New York outscored Brooklyn, 42-12, from the 3-point line.
ZERO HERO: Andray Blatche -- who the Knicks called “horrible” and “terrible” on Long Island in the preseason -- made six of his first seven shots, but had to sit for a long stretch in the second quarter because he picked up two fouls. He came back strong. Starting again for Brook Lopez, who sat out for a sixth straight game due to a mild right foot strain, Blatche finished with 23 points and four rebounds. He was whistled for basket interference in the fourth quarter, which prompted Nets coach Avery Johnson to lose his mind. Meanwhile Tyson Chandler struggled, finishing with just five points and seven rebounds.
HOT START: The Nets came out with the right mindset: Get the ball to the rim. It worked wonders. Brooklyn made eight of its first nine shots and jumped out to a 17-5 lead. The Nets, who ripped off a 16-2 run, led by as many 17 in the first quarter as New York missed 13 of its first 15 shots. The Knicks came back in the second quarter because they made five 3-pointers.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Michael Rapaport, Mike D, Itzhak Perlman, Rosie Perez, Sharon Robinson.
UP NEXT: Nets at Raptors, Wednesday at 7 p.m.