BROOKLYN -- While Mike Woodson and Tyson Chandler both pointed to some fatigue as a factor leading to the Knicks' collapse Monday night, there were mostly no excuses in the team's locker room.
The Knicks admitted that the Nets outplayed them down the stretch.
"It was a hard-fought game. Our hats go off to them," Rasheed Wallace said. "They played a good game. I guess they wanted it just a little bit more this evening."
Added Raymond Felton, "It was still a good game, went into overtime, but they got it. Basically they beat us in overtime because they wanted it a little bit more than we did. Like I said, it's a rivalry, no question."
FELTON TAKES BLAME: The starting point guard said he was "upset at myself," and for good reason -- he shot 3-for-19 from the field.
"I was getting to the basket; I just couldn't hit nothing," he said afterward. "My floater wasn't going, my midrange wasn't going -- shots that I normally hit just weren't going for me tonight. If I could change it, I would have, but it was just one of those nights. I just have to try to put it behind me. I'm probably just as mad as any fan, any player, anybody you could think about."
BENCH BUMS: The Knicks' second unit only scored 13 points -- their lowest mark of the season by 15 points. J.R. Smith scored a season-low five points -- only the second time he's been under 10 points. And for only the second time this season, and the first time since Nov. 5, Steve Novak didn't have a 3-pointer.
Perhaps Jason Kidd's playmaking could've helped? While many of the Knicks avoided the question after the game, Novak said, "No question we missed J-Kidd tonight."
TOUGH NIGHT FOR 'SHEED: One elder statesman from UNC played well on Monday night. Unfortunately for the Knicks, it wasn't the one wearing orange and blue.
'Sheed struggled mightily with his shot tonight, going 2-for-11 in 22 minutes off the bench. The Nets outscored the Knicks by eight points when Wallace was on the floor. He did grab eight rebounds, but his impact was nowhere near that of his ex-college teammate, Jerry Stackhouse.
Stack had 14 points and hit four of his five 3-point attempts, including one with 3:31 to play in overtime that gave the Nets a three-point lead they wouldn't relinquish.
AMAR'E 'FOCUSED': Amar'e Stoudemire has mostly avoided reporters since he suffered a left knee injury in the preseason that required arthroscopic surgery. But during Monday's game, he spoke briefly with ESPNNewYork.com and said he's "focused" on rehab.
STAT is expected to be sidelined for at least another three weeks as he strengthens his knee.
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