By Anthony Puccio
A common theme throughout the preseason has been Brooklyn’s good starts and poor endings. It almost happened, again, but the Nets prevailed in their final preseason game with a 113-107 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday.
Brooklyn’s offense was hot early. They scored 54 points in the first half and nailed six three-pointers in the second quarter. It was only a preview to the third quarter.
They began to pull away following a run in which they hit five consecutive three-pointers — one hit by the five players on the floor, including Jarrett Allen. The five consecutive three’s gave Brooklyn a 20-point lead, but the Knicks didn’t let up.
New York, led by their bench unit, went on a 17-7 run and cut the deficit down to six, but Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a big three to silence the crowd. The Knicks continued to grind down the stretch, trimming the deficit to four, but Caris LeVert slammed home the dagger with less than five seconds left.
It was a balanced offensive attack with Russell leading the way. He finished with 18 points and seven assists. Dinwiddie had his best game of the preseason with 18 points while Joe Harris chipped in 16....