WHAT IT MEANS: Jason Kidd insisted that playing against the Nets, one of his ex-teams, wasn't a big deal. But he sure played like it was.
Kidd knocked down a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to give the Knicks a 100-97 win over the Nets on Tuesday.
Kidd missed the first game against the Knicks due to back spasms, but made a huge impact in Round 2 of the East River battle at the Barclays Center.
The 39-year-old finished with 18 points on six 3-pointers. In addition to the game winner, which came before two missed 3s from Gerald Wallace and Deron Williams at the buzzer, Kidd also tied the game with a 3 with 3:50 to play.
The Knicks, winners of seven of their past eight, wouldn't have won the game without Carmelo Anthony, who scored a season-high 45 points and led the Knicks back from 17 points down in the first quarter.
ANTHONY UNREAL: Anthony had 15 huge points in a pivotal fourth quarter and finished with 45 on 15-for-24 shooting from the floor. He knocked down 5 of 7 3s and 10 of 11 from the line.
He had 35 in the Knicks' first game against the Nets -- an overtime loss.
Smart money was wrong on Tuesday.
Chandler had his hands full with Brooklyn center Andray Blatche. Blatche had 12 points in the first half on 6-for-7 shooting as the Nets outscored the Knicks in the paint 24-4 midway through the second quarter.
Mike Woodson elected to go with a smaller starting lineup, featuring Anthony at the 4, and it hurt the Knicks early on. They fell behind by as many as 17 in the first quarter.
Chandler was also in foul trouble throughout, picking up his fourth with 3:06 to go in the third.
He finished with five points and seven rebounds. Ray Felton also struggled, scoring eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.
SHEED STEPS UP: Rasheed Wallace was effective off the Knicks bench after missing one game with a left foot injury. The 38-year-old finished with eight points and five rebounds. Another positive for the Knicks? J.R. Smith found his shot on Tuesday. Smith had hit just 27 percent of his shots over the previous five games. Woodson said before the game that he told Smith to "keep shooting" -- and he did just that, going 7-for-15 from the floor for 16 points.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks welcome the Lakers and ex-Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to the Garden at 8 p.m. on Thursday. D'Antoni will be back on the MSG sideline for the first time since he resigned from the Knicks job last March. Since D'Antoni left, the Knicks have thrived. They entered play Tuesday in first place in the Eastern Conference and have a 33-11 record since Woodson took over.