NEW YORK - Gerald Wallace rebounded from his worst professional performance to score 16 points, three coming in overtime, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a thrilling 96-89 overtime victory over the New York Knicks in the first-ever meeting between the two NBA New York franchises Monday night at Barclays Center.
The Nets received 22 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez and 16 points and 14 assists from Deron Williams.
Brooklyn overcame a scoring clinic from Carmelo Anthony, who had 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler added a career-high 28 points on 12-of-13 from the floor.
But the Nets got the victory that drew them dead even with the Knicks in the NBA Atlantic Division standings. Both New York teams now have identical 9-4 marks.
The Nets held Anthony without a field goal for the final seven minutes of action, a lot of that credited to Wallace.
After Chandler got a rebound basket to give the Knicks an 86-84 lead, the Nets scored the next eight points to put the game away.
Lopez had a driving layup that tied the game at 86-86, then Jerry Stackhouse hit a huge corner 3-pointer that gave the Nets the lead for good at 89-86. Wallace then scored the next three points on a free throw and a layup, giving Brooklyn a cushion at 92-86.
Both teams missed shots in the closing seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. Anthony, closely guarded by Wallace, threw up a tough shot from the foul line that clanked off the rim with 3.6 seconds left. Williams missed a desperation half-court heave at the buzzer, as the game was tied at 84-84.
The Knicks had one stretch where they missed 13 straight shots from the floor, before Chandler had a tip-in basket to tie the game once again at 70-70 with 7:11 left.
Anthony scored on a rebound basket, giving the Knicks a 72-70 lead, but the Nets then scored six straight, three on a deep 3-pointer from Williams and then three more on a conventional three-point play from Lopez off a fine pass from Williams, pushing the lead to 76-72 with 6:01 left.
The Knicks then scored four straight to tie the game, but the Nets answered on a clutch 3-pointer from Stackhouse with the shot clock expiring that gave Brooklyn a 79-76 lead with 4:24 left. Williams found Lopez for an uncontested slam that pushed the lead to 81-76 with 3:51 remaining, forcing Knicks coach Mike Woodson to call a time out.
Rasheed Wallace, who at 38 is only the fourth oldest player on the Knicks, hit a rainbow 3-pointer that gave the Knicks a 64-59 lead with 3:20 left in the third quarter, then collected a huge defensive rebound the next trip down the floor. Kurt Thomas (40), Jason Kidd (39) and Marcus Camby (38, older by six months) are all older than Wallace, who sat out the last two seasons in an early retirement.
Raymond Felton canned two free throws to give the Knicks a 66-59 lead with 3:10 left in the third, the Knicks' biggest lead of the game, capping a 7-0 run.
But the Nets closed out the third quarter on a 9-1 run, with Keith Bogans hitting a rebound basket with 2.5 seconds left, allowing the Nets to regain the lead at 68-67 to begin the fourth quarter.
Anthony had 26 to lead the Knicks after three periods while Chandler had 17.
Wallace had 13 points after three to pace the Nets, while Williams had 11 points and 12 assists.
After a very quiet first quarter, Anthony exploded in the second quarter, scoring 11 points, helping the Knicks gain a 47-45 halftime lead.
There were eight lead changes in the second quarter alone, the last coming when the Knicks scored the final four points before the break on a power move from Chandler and then a driving shot from Anthony with just 26 seconds left.
The Nets held a 43-39 lead on a 3-pointer from Joe Johnson, but the Knicks answered right back by scoring the final six points of the quarter, four coming from Anthony.
Anthony's luck was evident when he fired up a 3-pointer that bounced off the top of the backboard, then slid right through the nets with the shot clock expiring. The shot gave the Knicks a brief 39-38 lead with 3:42 left before halftime.
The first quarter was a complete see-saw competitive affair, with the teams trading the lead five times and the game was tied three times.
The Nets then took a 26-19 lead in the closing minute of the first quarter, courtesy of a 7-0 run, capped by a long 3-pointer from Bogans from the left corner with just 38 seconds left.
The Knicks then scored twice before the final buzzer, getting a layup from J.R. Smith and a pretty scoop off the glass in the lane by Anthony with just three seconds left, as the Knicks sliced the Brooklyn lead to 26-23 after the first period.
NOTES: Knicks guard Jason Kidd was a late scratch due to a bad back and did not make the journey to Brooklyn with his team. Kidd missed the first chance he had to play for his new team against the club with which he spent eight seasons (2001 through 2008), leading the New Jersey Nets franchise to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. "Jason brings a lot to the table," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "It's a big loss to our team that we have to overcome." ... Monday night's matchup, the first ever between the two New York NBA franchises, was originally scheduled for the season opener Nov. 1, but the game was postponed due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. ... The game was billed as "The Battle of the Boroughs," meaning the Knicks of Manhattan and the Nets of Brooklyn. ... It was the first of four meetings between the New York teams this season. ... The sellout crowd at Barclays Center was mixed with fans of both teams chanting loudly. In the past, Knicks-Nets games in New Jersey were predominately attended by Knicks fans. ... Anthony (10.4) and Lopez (7.9) entered the game ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in scoring in the NBA in the first quarter this season.