Anthony Has 45, and Kidd’s 3-Pointer Wins It

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Jason Kidd planted himself 26 feet from the basket and Jerry Stackhouse charged — two gray-bearded basketball veterans on a collision course, with a game hanging in the balance and 17,732 New Yorkers of various stripes screeching in various octaves.

If every edition of the battle of the boroughs goes down like this, the burgeoning Nets-Knicks rivalry will be very healthy indeed.

They created another instant classic Tuesday night at Barclays Center, battling through a taut fourth quarter until Kidd — at 39, the N.B.A.’s third oldest player — hit the decisive shot, a 3-pointer with 24.1 seconds left that sent half the arena into delirium and the other half into despair.

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Anthony Has 45, and Kidd’s 3-Pointer Wins It