Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/15

Game 1: Saturday, October 15th
Game 2: Friday, October 28th

Nets 91

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Knicks 86

(3-4, 0-3 home)

7:30 PM ET, October 28, 2005

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 26 20 19 2691
NY 14 22 24 2686

No Kidding: Nets top Knicks without star point guard

NEW YORK (AP) -- Larry Brown made it clear that the New York Knicks still have a lot of work to do before they open the regular season.

"If today's an indication if we're ready for opening night, I'd say we're far from it," the first-year Knicks coach said Friday night after New York wrapped up the exhibition season with a 91-86 loss to the New Jersey Nets.

"I was disappointed. We fouled too much and we turned the ball over 28 times. ... We have to handle the press better. We have to a better job in taking postups away. We have to guard pick-and-rolls better. Those are things that are really obvious."

The Knicks (3-4) will open the regular season Wednesday night in Boston.

Richard Jefferson led the Nets (5-3) with 19 points, Nenad Krstic had 16, Vince Carter 15 and Marc Jackson 14. New Jersey played without point guard Jason Kidd (left quadriceps) and forward-center Jason Collins (right knee). Both are expected to play Wednesday night in New Jersey's regular-season opener at home against Milwaukee.

"We've been a little bit up and down through the preseason, so it's good to end on a positive note," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "At the same time, you don't want to overlook the things you need to work on."

Rookie guard Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 14 points, and Jamal Crawford had 13. The 5-foot-9 Robinson was 4-for-7 from the field, made all five of his free throws and had four assists, three rebounds and two steals in about 20 minutes of action.

"We have a lot of young guys who are playing well," Brown said. "To be honest, the young kids seem to get us back into games. That's encouraging to me."

Jefferson had 10 points in the first half and Carter added eight to help the Nets take a 46-36 lead at the break. The two teamed on a perfectly executed alley-oop play in the first quarter, with Jefferson finishing with a two-handed dunk. Jefferson also had a tomahawk slam on a baseline drive in the opening period.

"The preseason served its purpose," Jefferson said. "I know guys like to complain about the preseason games, but they would really complain if we didn't have them."

New York's Stephon Marbury had seven points on 1-of-8 shooting.

"When you're trying to figure out a new system, it's always going to be confusing," Marbury said. "It's eventually going to come together."

Game notes

New York swingman Quentin Richardson (strained left hamstring) was not in uniform. He hopes to return for the opener in Boston. ... New Jersey won the season series with New York 3-1 in 2004-05, winning the last three. The Nets are 15-3 in their last 18 regular-season games with the Knicks.

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