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The Nets took the "Battle of NY" over Knicks in James Harden's historic night

James Johnson connected on two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play in regular time and Evan Fournier missed the decisive shot from 45 feet away as the Brooklyn Nets survived a furious comeback by the New York Knicks to take the 112-110 victory in the "Battle of the Big Apple" at Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

The 4 Club

It was a historic evening for Nets point guard James Harden, as in the first quarter he became just the fourth player all-time to score at least 2,500 career three-point shots in the regular season, joining a club that includes only Ray Allen, Stephen Curry and Reggie Miller.

The "Beard" was also the game's leading scorer, scoring 34 points, in addition to his 10 rebounds for a double-double, and also dished out eight assists.

Durant took over the 4th quarter

However, the preponderant place in the fourth period was occupied by Kevin Durant, who scored 11 of the last 15 points for Brooklyn to end up adding 27 in the whole game, accumulated nine assists and five rebounds.

Despite the game being played at the home of the Nets, it was the Knicks who enjoyed a larger crowd in their favor.

The Knicks' leading scorer was point guard Alec Burks with 25 points, another standout was small forward Julius Randle with 24.

What's next for the Nets and the Knicks?

The Brooklyn Nets (15-6) continue to have the best record in the entire Eastern Conference and have won five of the last six games.

Meanwhile the New York Knicks (11-10) are in seventh place in the same section.

The Nets' next game will be next Friday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

For their part, the Knicks will return to the court when they host the Chicago Bulls next Thursday.

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