There are some who will contend that a rivalry isn't a rivalry just because one person declares it so, but in the case of the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, it only took one meeting to get a sense of how grand the battle for New York basketball supremacy already is.
In front of a packed and contentious Barclays Center house that fluctuated all night between pro-Knicks and pro-Nets leanings, Brooklyn struck first blood with a 96-89 overtime win in a game that had previously been scheduled for Nov. 1 but was postponed by Hurricane Sandy.
As the game played out, one couldn't help but wonder how spectacular it might have been had the two crosstown foes gotten the chance to open the season against one another. But the most highly anticipated game in recent New York hoops history was also most definitely worth the wait.
"I think the fans have really billed it (a rivalry) already, and they do a lot of talking themselves, given the proximity," said Nets center Brook Lopez, who ha...