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Knicks and Nets Meet in the Pre-Season

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The NY Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets had their first meeting tonight in the Barclays Center. The Knicks played their first pre-season game Monday night against the Washington Wizards that ended in an overtime win. Kevin Knox scored 13 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes. Though this was a pre-season game, Knox showed great promise as an addition to the Knicks team, alongside fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson.

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The Brooklyn Nets on the other hand, will played their first      pre-season game tonight and they did so with a bit of a new team. Half the roster that finished the 2017-18 season will not be back this year, but they will still be led by starting guard D’Angelo Russell.

As the two teams faced off, the game began at a very high pace, however offensively there were issues. Both teams came up with early turnovers and missed shots. Half way through the first quarter both teams scored less than 10 points at the 6-minute mark. As the 2nd quarter came to a close, the Knicks picked up the intensity. Scoring just 17 points in the first quarter they redeemed themselves by adding 31 points in the 2nd. After trailing to the Nets by 15 points, the Knicks closed the first half up 4 points.

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As the second half came underway, Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier gave the team a much-needed boost. The 22-year-old guard put on a well-rounded show. Displaying a defensive presence on the floor and offensively knocking down shots. Trier finished with 25 points. While Coach Fizdale has not yet solidified his starting roster, Trier is making a case for a starting spot. Knicks center Enes Kanter also made his presence known on the court; grabbing boards, securing the paint and knocking down mid jumpers. Kanter finished with 22 points and 20 rebounds.

The Knicks defeat the Brooklyn Nets, winning their second preseason game. 107-102.

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