Steve Novak shines in overtime as Knicks edge Nets
Uniondale, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Steve Novak scored all of his six points in overtime to carry the New York Knicks past crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets, 97-95, in Wednesday’s preseason contest at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Novak buried a three-pointer to break an 86-all standoff and added another from beyond the arc to give the Knicks a 94-93 lead before spotting teammate Mychel Thompson, who sank a triple to help the Knicks (3-3) end a three-game slide.
Undrafted rookie Chris Copeland, who played in Europe for five seasons, paced New York with 16 points, days after dropping 34 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics, while Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton added 15 points apiece.
Second-year small forward Mychel Thompson added 13 points off the bench while shooting guard Ronnie Brewer added 12 for the Knicks’ winning cause.
The Nets, who dropped their straight game after a three-game winning streak, were led by Deron Williams with 22 points but he was the only starter in double digits as backcourt partner Joe Johnson scored just eight markers.
But the Nets kept themselves in the game with the help of MarShon Brooks and rookie Tyshawn Taylor, who scored 10 and 11 points, respectively.
The game started badly for the Knicks when center Tyson Chandler went down a sore left knee after falling to the court after clashing with Nets forward Gerald Wallace.
Chandler was able to walk to the locker room but did not return to the game as precautionary measure. A team spokesman said he could play in the Knicks’ regular-season opener against the Nets on Nov. 1
The Knicks played without big men Amare Stoudemire and Marcus Camby, who are suffering from calf and knee injuries, respectively, and it is unknown if they will see action against Brooklyn.
Thompson sank back-to-back triples while Copeland added two foul shots to give New York its biggest lead, 81-69, midway in the fourth period.
The Nets unleashed a 17-3 run capped by a three-point play by Brooks to grab an 86-84 lead with 47 seconds left in regulation.
Copeland tied the count with two fouls shots while the Knicks had the chance to clinch the win in regulation, but Thompson missed a 15-foot jumper as time expired.