The Nets finished the exhibition season at 3-5 and the Knicks
were 4-2. Both teams start the regular season Wednesday night. The
Nets will host the Toronto Raptors while the Knicks travel to
Memphis to play the Grizzlies.
The Knicks were hurt by turnovers. They committed 27 that led to
39 points. New York had three players foul out -- Richardson, Frye
Jefferson scored 14 points as the Nets led 31-21 after one
quarter. New Jersey closed out the period on a 12-3 run with
Williams the catalyst. He fed Hassan Adams for an ally-oop bucket
before scoring the final four points of the quarter on a jumper and
a driving layup.
Jefferson had another strong period in the second with nine
points to help New Jersey build a 68-57 halftime lead. The Nets
pulled ahead by 19 at 61-42 when Jason Kidd made a 3-pointer.
Francis had 16 in the quarter and Curry 11 as the Knicks chipped
away at the Nets lead. The Knicks continued to give the ball away
with 11 turnovers in the period that the Nets converted into 17
Williams sparked another Nets run at the end of the third
quarter. After New York battled back to pull even at 89 on the
strength of 14 points from Marbury, Williams ignited a 13-4 run to
close out the period. Williams had 10 points in stretch, including
a pair of 3-pointers.