The first pump is very much a Jersey thing, so it was fitting that Jason Kidd, whose career took off in the Garden State, ended the night by pumping his fist and embracing Carmelo Anthony.

"It might be," Kidd says, "the biggest celebration you'll get out of me."

The Anthony-Kidd combination, the former with a strong connection to Brooklyn and the latter forever linked to the Nets, rallied the Knicks to an emotional 100-97 victory Tuesday night with Kidd hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 24 seconds left.

Anthony scored 15 of his season-high 45 points in the fourth quarter, and his presence on the floor caused the Nets to double-team. That left Kidd open for his biggest shot since signing a free agent contract with the Knicks last July.

"That's why we went and got him," Anthony said after the Knicks improved to 16-5 heading into Thursday's home game against Mike D'Antoni and the Lakers. "We know how much of a big-time player he is, especially coming down the stretch, how smart of a player he is, but for them to leave a guy like that open... he came up big-time for us tonight."

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