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Knicks shoot down Nets in crosstown battle

12/05/2013 11:37 PM ET
By Lenn Robbins, BrooklynNets.com

With Paul Pierce watching, Kevin Garnett and the Nets were unable to hold off the Knicks.(AP)
BROOKLYN -- You circled this date on your calendar.

It doesn't matter what side of the East River you reside, or whether you were born and raised a Nets or Knicks fan, you circled it.

This was going to be BIG TIME!

The Nets, invigorated by the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, were going to help the Nets stake their claim to hoops supremacy in the metropolitan area. The Knicks, with a core group led by Brooklyn born Carmelo Anthony, was not going to allow a changing of the guard.

Yet when we woke up on the morning of Dec. 5, the Nets were 5-13, the Knicks were 3-13, and Nets and Knicks fans shared one emotion - frustration.

By the end of the night, the Knicks could feel a little better about themselves after a 113-83 win in Barclays Center. The Nets, depleted, dejected, and boarding on demoralized, were in an even greater sense of disbelief after tying the worst loss of the season.

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