NEW YORK — The Knicks are no longer the biggest losers in New York. The Brooklyn Nets look like the real Big Apple busts.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak with 113-83 romp Thursday night in the first meeting of the season between the city rivals.
The Knicks (4-13) snapped a tie with the Nets (5-14) for most losses in New York, winning the game and the crowd with a dominant second half that had Spike Lee and the rest of the fans wearing blue and orange cheering perhaps the Knicks’ most complete performance of the season.
Andrea Bargnani scored 16 before he was ejected in the fourth quarter, Knicks fans roaring in support of him standing up to Kevin Garnett.
Brook Lopez had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who played without Paul Pierce, Deron Williams – or much passion – in the second half.
CLIPPERS 101. GRIZZLIES 81: Reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each and Los Angeles used a strong second half to win at Memphis, Tenn.
Chris Paul also had 15 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
BULLS: Injured star Derrick Rose is not quite ruling out a return this season.
The point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed – even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.
Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22.
“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I will be back playing,” Rose said Thursday when asked if he might return for the playoffs.
STU JACKSON, the former NBA executive vice president of operations, is joining NBA TV, providing analysis on rules, discipline and other areas that he oversaw in the league office.
He also will take questions from fans on Twitter.
Jackson left his position on Aug. 1 after more than 13 years at the league, where he was in charge of all matters relating to play on the court.