"He looked like he had a chip on his shoulder," Anthony said. "I think everybody looked like they had that feeling like we were tired of losing. It showed from the tipoff."
Stoudemire scored 11 points and turned back the clock with a vintage rejection. And who knew Bargnani could trash talk -- and to Garnett no less?
The Knicks learned quite a bit about themselves on this trip across the bridge. And most importantly, they laid a blueprint for how to win.
Sure, the Nets gave the Knicks a major assist with their dreadful play. But the Knicks desperately needed a game like this for their confidence and ego. They went from being the "laughingstock" of the NBA to feeling good about themselves after winning a laugher.
Now comes the hard part: They have to keep this going, starting Friday against the Magic at home, where they've had so many letdowns. The Knicks could go from a losing streak to a winning streak with Orlando, Cleveland, Boston twice, a Derrick Rose-less Chicago team, Atlanta, Washington and Milwaukee in the next eight games.
The Knicks just need to keep playing like they did against the Nets.
"It was night and day," Anthony said of how the team played. "Tonight was like the way I know that we can play, the way that we know we can play."