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Nets Vs. Knicks: Carmelo and Chauncey Combine For 72 In New York Win

Carmelo Anthony finished with 39 points for the second straight game, and New York Knicks slipped past the New Jersey Nets, 120-116.

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Nets Vs. Knicks Score: Carmelo Anthony's Boys Win The Battle Of The Tri-State Area

Is this a big rivalry? One in the making? Are Nets fans bitter that they didn't get Carmelo Anthony? Do they hate him yet? I have no idea, I live in cow town, but this game seemed like the kind of thing that could start a rivalry. Especially if The Prohkorov is about to bring in some seriously high end dudes to play with Deron Williams. Both teams played some great offensive ball from wire to wire, but it was Anthony and his boys who shined brighter, winning by a score of 120-116.

While this game didn't feature a whole lot of great defense or bench play, the stars came to shine and they shot the lights out. Anthony dropped 39 points, Chauncy Billups scored 33 on the back of a 10-10 performance from the free throw line, and Anthony Morrow somehow stole the show for the Nets with 30. At this point, the Nets are going to be a high lottery team, so all they're looking for is encouraging play. Though the Nets lost, their fans have to be excited about what's to come in the next few years. For the Knicks, the playoff chase is on.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting. Nets analysis and news can be found at NetsDaily. Both teams are also covered at SB Nation New York.

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Nets Vs. Knicks Score: Carmelo Anthony Outstanding, Who Needs Role Players?

It's late in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks and Nets are involved in a slugfest that doesn't involved benches or defense. Carmelo Anthony is absolutely killing it, as is Anthony Morrow. Anthony Morrow?!? Yes, that guy. With four minutes remaining in the game, he's shooting 10-14 from the floor and he's dropped 30 points. Brook Lopez has been great too, and the only star who isn't scoring at will is Deron Williams. Both teams are going back and forth and not really bothering to play defense, and every shot is going down. This game could go to overtime, but they teams are probably going to drop 120 points each. With just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the score is tied 109-109.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting. Nets analysis and news can be found atNetsDaily. Both teams are also covered at SB Nation New York.

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Nets Vs. Knicks: Carmelo Anthony Commences Battle For New York's Soul

The New Jersey Nets -- a year and change away from becoming the Brooklyn Nets -- still want to win an NBA championship early in Mikhail Prokhorov's tenure as franchise owner. But that's unrealistic in the immediate, so the battle of New York will have to make do. That makes the New York Knicks, the kings of the Big Apple for decades, the targets of Netian energies.

This particular skirmish at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) seems to have extra meaning for the Nets, who today rolled out season ticket plans ... for the 2012-13 season at Barclay Center in Brooklyn. From SB Nation's fantastic Nets blog NetsDaily:

The Nets' opening night in Brooklyn isn't set but October 31, 2012 is what the construction schedule is aiming for. Of course, there's a full season left to play in Newark and Deron Williams hasn't committed to an extension. But the Nets are out Wednesday with their Barclays Center ticket plans, featuring some unique aspects--and price increases less than what the Knicks recently announced.

The Nets' PR plan since last spring has seemed to be laser-focused on threatening the Knicks' New York hegemony, and announcing ticket plans for the team's future NYC home as the squads prepare for a face-off in Manhattan fits right into that. But the players have bought in, too. From the Bergen Record's Al Iannazzone:

"[It's] probably the biggest game of the season and we've got to come with the right mentality," guard Sasha Vujacic said.

That's right: a reserve guard for a team already eliminated from playoff contention is calling it "probably the biggest game of the season." That's a statement as quasi-commital as Carmelo Anthony's "almost must-win" reference to the Knicks' Monday win over the Orlando Magic. Fitting then, that according to reports Deron Williams will almost probably play. He has missed six straight games, but it's difficult to imagine the newest member of this new rivalry missing out on a chance to drive the Knicks in further (if that's even possible) humiliation heading into the playoffs.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting And Toasting. Nets analysis and news can be found at NetsDaily. Both teams are also covered at SB Nation New York.

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