Stefan Bondy

They're not going to say it publicly but Nets are looser, happier, without Kevin Garnett.

Devin Kharpertian

And a big, big shout out to @mikeking00 for creating the neon Gamblero avatars.

Devin Kharpertian

TBG social guru Elizabeth Swinton put this together. You guys are crazy and great. #BK4Jeff http://t.co/Hw1Grq2OHo

Rod Boone

Nets edge Knicks for fifth straight win nwsdy.li/1EI3RrV #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams had one of his best games of the year tonight. @_Cody_Hart_’s highlight reel is perfect. bkga.me/1F58eIw

Devin Kharpertian

Brook Lopez got himself the best birthday gift: a season sweep over the Knicks bkga.me/1F56YoR

Devin Kharpertian

Story coming up on the game itself shortly. Our #BK4Jeff tribute will come later.

Devin Kharpertian

Do they? They’re the clear favorite RT @HalfHourBrown: And yet, people continue to sleep on them as the favorites to win it all.... WHY?

Devin Kharpertian

More insane: 161 of the Warriors +169 in the last 10 games has been in the first 3 quarters. They’re just destroying teams

Devin Kharpertian

The Warriors are +169 in their last 10 games. That’s insane

Devin Kharpertian

With the win, the Nets move into a tie with the Miami for seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Half-game ahead of Boston.

Devin Kharpertian

Brook Lopez, on getting the game-winner on his birthday: "I'll be selfish and give myself a present."

Tim Bontemps

The birthday boy saved the day for the Nets: nyp.st/1Dqw7PQ

Lenn Robbins

"Always good to beat the #Knicks. It's a good birthday present," Brook Lopez #Nets who celebrated his 26th birthday w winning basket

Rod Boone

Lionel Hollins: "We got the win and whether it was one point or two points, that's all that matters and we move on." #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

I don't know what the Nets are. But they won. Grades: bkga.me/1Cz6h8P

Tom Lorenzo

Brook Lopez told Sarah that for his birthday he wanted a win and for "Alan (Anderson) to stop yelling 'Sparta!'" Simple pleasures.

Lenn Robbins

On his birthday, Brook Lopez scores the winning bucket w 2 secs left in a 100-98 triumph over the #Knicks. #Nets hold 8th playoff spot.

Rod Boone

Cleanthony Early's three is an air ball and #Nets hold on to win 100-98. Win streak is at a season-best five games.

Mike Mazzeo

#Nets 100 Tanking Knicks 98. Avoided what may have been worst loss in franchise history. 34-40. Five wins in a row.

Tim Bontemps

Cleanthony Early misses at the buzzer and the Nets escape with a 100-98 win that never should've been anywhere near this close.

Tim Bontemps

Knicks have no reason not to go for a game-winning 3-pointer here. Nets needed to hold for the final shot. We'll see if it works out.

Tom Lorenzo

Brook Lopez, for the win.

Tim Bontemps

The Nets managed to score, but Deron Williams went far too fast. 100-98 with two seconds remaining after Lopez makes a putback.

Rod Boone

Brook Lopez tip in hands #Nets a 100-98 lead with 2 seconds left.

Devin Kharpertian

Brook Lopez, offensive rebounder extraordinaire.

Devin Kharpertian

Jarrett Jack in for Markel Brown for the final play.

Tom Lorenzo

Nets with a classic April Fools prank, letting the Knicks tie this game up.

Devin Kharpertian

I cannot believe what I’m watching.

Mike Mazzeo

Phil Jackson may as well come on the floor and be an extra defender for the #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

Aggressive Brook Lopez!

Tim Bontemps

This, to put it mildly, would be an impossibly bad loss. Nets up 96-95 with the ball with 1:34 remaining.

Rod Boone

Lionel rested Deron way too long. Becoming a trend in these games when Deron is playing really well, too. I don't get it.

Mike Mazzeo

#NYK taking tanking to another level here. Impressive late-game airballs on offense.

Mike Mazzeo

One-point game here at the Garden. Unreal.

Devin Kharpertian

This is the only time all game that the Nets haven’t built or rebuilt a big lead with Deron Williams in the game.

Lenn Robbins

#Pacers have won. #Celtics about to win. #Nets clinging to a 96-93 lead over #Knicks #playoffpush ..The Fasten Seat Belt Sign is ON

Mike Mazzeo

Lopez playing the role of savior for the #Nets

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams checks in for Jarrett Jack. 6:15 left.

Stefan Bondy

Lionel Hollins pushed the issue with Jarrett Jack. Finally, Deron Williams is back in.

Tim Bontemps

Also true. RT @Devin Kharpertian Jarrett Jack gets a lot of the criticism but Bojan Bogdanovic has had a lot of trouble defending Early.

Devin Kharpertian

That said: Lionel Hollins might die on this Jarrett Jack hill.

Devin Kharpertian

Jarrett Jack gets a lot of the criticism but Bojan Bogdanovic has had a lot of trouble defending Early.

Tim Bontemps

Jarrett Jack is now a -18 in this game. Nets lead down to four as Lionel Hollins continues to ride a bench unit that's having no success.

Devin Kharpertian

Meanwhile, a 14-point third-quarter lead is down to four.

Mike Mazzeo

Maybe it's time to get Deron Williams, who has 26 points, back in the game.

Lenn Robbins

After a hard @TheJoeJohnson7 foul on @Quincy Acy play gets chippy. Johnson gets last word w a 3 from op of the key for a 90-81 #Nets lead

Mike Mazzeo

Joe just hit a 3 from Brooklyn. Jarrett Jack seemed determined to get the Knicks back in it.

Mike Mazzeo

Some jerk arena host just tried to distract a guy shooting a free throw to win $10,000.

Devin Kharpertian

Madison Square Garden’s MC just arm-barred a guy as he was shooting a free throw and may have cost him $10,000.

Stefan Bondy

Dance cam at the Garden reinforcing stereotypes that white people can't dance.

Lenn Robbins

#Nets now shooting 73 percent on 3's as @Deron Williams flushes one from the corner giving #Brooklyn an 81-65 lead. #Playoffpush

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams is on fire. 26 points and a +26 on the night.

Rod Boone

Yeah. You just knew that outfit would get that cat on the jumbotron: http://t.co/CzIDiNMYkg

Mike Mazzeo

Deron Williams led first unit has the #Nets up 16. Brooklyn dancing lady on jumbotron w/o her jersey tho

Tim Bontemps

Meanwhile, the Knicks are still atrocious.

Tim Bontemps

Deron Williams has played pretty well overall lately, but he's been outstanding tonight. Now has 23-5-5, Nets lead by 12.

Devin Kharpertian

That might’ve been the best fast break the Nets have run all season.

Stefan Bondy

There's a marriage proposal on the jumbotron and slacker @Tim Bontemps isn't around to express is utter outrage.

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams at the half: 18 points (8-13 FG), five rebounds, four assists, 0 turnovers, +15. Nets lead 58-53.

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams is out here partying like it’s 2009.

Rod Boone

Deron has 13 points this quarter. He's killing it.

Stefan Bondy

Deron Williams has been flirting lately with first career triple double. Tonight he has 19 points, six boards and three assists in 1st half

Devin Kharpertian

This is a really good Deron Williams shot chart so far. http://t.co/y0c5RKICsC

Mike Mazzeo

D-Will 52 #NYK 45. At least that's how it feels, anyway.

Devin Kharpertian

Sometimes it’s complicated, and sometimes Deron Williams is a +17 and Jarrett Jack a -10.

Rod Boone

Most interesting thing about this game so far: as spotted by @Stefan Bondy some cat is wearing a crown and a white mink http://t.co/gVnlX3PMgr

Tom Lorenzo

Deron Williams playing fantastic basketball right now...against the Knicks.

Devin Kharpertian

After taking a double-digit first-quarter lead, the Nets now only led by two. It’s amazing how consistent this is.

Lenn Robbins

#Nets defense has not been good of late..Timeout Lionel Hollins..#Knicks shot just 44.4-percent in the 1st qtr. Up to 55 percent. 43-41 Nets

Mike Mazzeo

The #Nets second unit seems to be intent on messing up the Nets playoff hopes, though.

Stefan Bondy

This guy's crown appears extravagant.

Lenn Robbins

Wishing Brook Lopez, Eastern Conference Player of the Week, a happy & healthy B-day. #Nets. He picks @stanfordbball to win #NITTournament

Stefan Bondy

There's a dude in the crowd with a white fur coat. He's also wearing a crown.

Devin Kharpertian

Floater by Brook Lopez ends a 10-0 Knicks run. Nets lead 41-33.

Mike Mazzeo

A singer named Cody Simpson has received the loudest cheer of the night.

Lenn Robbins

#Nets pick up where they left off in last night's W over the #Pacers..just 1 t-over in the 1st qtr..#Brooklyn had 7, 1 by starting 5 vs Indy

Stefan Bondy

Again, Deron Williams has looked great.

Lenn Robbins

#Nets doing exactly what they want to do, leading the #Knicks 37-23 by shooting 54-percent from the field and 75-percent on 3's.

Mike Mazzeo

So far, #NYK isn't doing much to mess up the #Nets' playoff chances. If anything, they're helping a lot.

Devin Kharpertian

Deron Williams has had some nice moments so far.

Tim Bontemps

This is an incredibly depressing atmosphere. MSG is half-empty, and the fans that are here seem like they're trying not to pay attention.

Lenn Robbins

#Knicks need to talk it over as #Nets take a 15-9 lead by shooting 50-percent from the floor, 50-percent on 3's and 100 percent from line

Lenn Robbins

Every #Nets starter has scored as @TheJoeJohnson7 gives #Brooklyn a 13-9 lead..this is why the Nets are dangerous..lot's of weapons

Tim Bontemps

Lou Amundson guarding Brook Lopez probably isn't going to work out well for the Knicks.

Mike Mazzeo

MSG atmosphere non-existent. #NYK even using backup PA guy, which is extremely disappointing.

Devin Kharpertian

I feel like I’m at a library.

Devin Kharpertian

So close RT @AcquireBuckets: Not quite, League Pass... @Devin Kharpertian http://t.co/rEo3VRV3jd

Rod Boone

Markel staying in game and is at the free throw line.

Devin Kharpertian

Or not. Brown stays in the game. Seems fine.

Mike Mazzeo

Brown staying in and shooting his foul shots

Devin Kharpertian

Brown hit the ground hard and his head slammed against the floor. I assume he’ll need to do concussion tests. That was scary.

Rod Boone

Markel is up and heads to the bench.

Rod Boone

Markel Brown takes a hard spill on his right side after going up for an alley and getting fouled by Langston Galloway. Is still down.