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NBA In Pictures: Deron Williams upstages Jeremy Lin as New Jersey Nets defeat New York Knicks

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artist Beyonce signs a ball for a fan at a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artist Beyonce attends the basketball game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artist Beyonce signs a ball for a fan at a basketball game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets reacts after scoring a three pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the New York Knicks play the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artist Beyonce attends the basketball game between the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets reacts after scoring a three pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets react after hitting a three pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives against Sundiata Gaines #1 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets shoots a three pointer over J.R. Reid of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets dunks the ball on Amare Stoudemire #1 and Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets dunks the ball on Amare Stoudemire #1 and Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets dribbles past Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Anthony Morrow #22 of the New Jersey Nets is held by his Avery Johnson of the New Jersey Nets after being poked in the face during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks smiles during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks rebounds the ball over Shelden Williams #33 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets dunks the ball on Amare Stoudemire #1 and Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 and Anthony Morrow #22 of the New Jersey Nets react during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets dribbles past Baron Davis #85 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives against Shelden Williams #33 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks stand on the court against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks drives against Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks drives against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks lays the ball up over Anthony Morrow #22 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: MarShon Brooks #9 of the New Jersey Nets shoots in front of Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks shoot against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives against Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets reacts during the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks dives for a ball against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets looks on against the New York Knicks and Jared Jeffries #9 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the New York Knicks play the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks dives for a ball against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks reacts during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks reacts during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: DeShawn Stevenson #92 of the New Jersey Nets reacts against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks stand on the court against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The return of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks line-up failed to prevent them succumbing to a 100-92 defeat to local rivals the New Jersey Nets.

There had been much speculation as to how Anthony's return would affect the game of scoring sensation Jeremy Lin, the point guard from Harvard who has ignited the Knicks' season and launched the term "Linsanity".

Lin was outplayed by the Net's Deron Williams, who scored a season-high 38 points in a physical game at Madison Square Garden. Lin scored 21 points, shooting 7 for 18 with nine assists.

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