Gerald Wallace admitted he hadn't been feeling like himself since returning to the lineup following an ankle injury suffered in the season opener. A solid training camp was wasted as Wallace spent more time in the training room than on the court.

"I thought I had a great training camp, and then I had a setback with the ankle injury that put me back for two and half weeks," the Nets small forward said. "I kind of lost my legs, my wind and my whole rhythm going into the season. I've been struggling trying to get that back."

Fortunately for the Nets, Wallace began to feel like himself last night, somewhere around the fourth quarter and into the overtime where he did his best work defending against Carmelo Anthony.

There were several heroes in the Nets' 96-89 overtime win over the Knicks, including Jerry Stackhouse, who came off the bench to score 14 points. But Wallace's defense on Anthony in the fourth quarter and the overtime was a key reason the Nets emerged victorious in the inaugural Battle of the Boroughs.

Anthony led the Knicks with 35 points. But he was just 2-of-7 in the fourth quarter and 0-for-2 in the overtime. His final basket came on a 3-pointer with 3:37 left in regulation. Wallace credited "great team defense" for the Nets' play down the stretch. The Knicks shot just 25 percent in the fourth quarter and went 2-of-7 in the overtime.

"We took them out of what they wanted to do," Wallace said. "We controlled the pick-and-roll and we made Melo take poor shots. I think our team defense in fourth quarter and overtime was great."

Wallace's individual defense on Anthony was great, too. He used his long arms, lean body and quick feet to hound Anthony into tough shots. By the end of the game, the Knicks had lost their offensive rhythm.