Found January 21, 2013 on Atlantic Twine:
For 35 years, the all-time series between the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets were lackluster at best. The three playoff series’ that they had weren’t exactly classics, the most recent ending in a sweep of the Knicks by the Nets when Jason Kidd and Vince Carter were just running over guys like Stephon Marbury, and an Alan Houston at the end of his career. Now, after a move to Brooklyn by the Nets, this series has certainly been spiced up. This afternoon marked the first time in the history of the franchises that they’ve played each other while both being at least 8 games over .500, and was the first time that both teams sported records that good at the same time since 1998. But it’s not only the numbers. In just a few short months, this has become a fierce rivalry between bitter opponents. So how does a series that was so bad for so many years, all of a sudden become a must-watch every time these two teams are on the court together? Sure, players were talking during the offseaso...
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