After a tight first half, Knicks-Nets round three looked like it could go either way. And it really could have—until the third quarter, when down four, Tyson Chandler and the Knicks took control of the game with four explosive alley-oops that woke up a quiet Garden crowd. With a couple of three pointers mixed in, the run was decisive, putting the Knicks up 75-67 when the quarter came to a close. They coasted to the 100-86 victory from there.

Chandler—the recipient of all four alley-oops—played an excellent game on both ends and on the boards, finishing with sixteen points, twelve rebounds and three blocks. Even though he wasn't able to reach his forty point average against the Nets, Carmelo Anthony showed no sign of injury as he returned from a sprained left ankle and scored at will when matched up one-on-one with Gerald Wallace. He finished with 31 points on 12-22 shooting (4-8 from three).

The play of Chandler, Anthony and JR Smith—who finished with nineteen points on 7-11 shooting and was a whopping +24 during his time on the court—allowed the Knicks to overcome a terrible shooting performance from 60% of their lineup: Felton, Kidd and Ronnie Brewer were a combined 7-29 from the field. Of course, when a team plays defense and turns the ball over just eight times like the Knicks did, there's plenty of room for error.

For the Nets, it's their third straight loss. After a hot start, they're now just one game over .500 on the year (13-12) and have lost eight of their last ten. With Deron Williams taking shots at coach Avery Johnson and the disappointing losses adding up, the franchise may be facing its first crisis since the big move.

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