Paul Pierce, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson

No smiles on the Nets bench as the Knicks rolled at Barclays Center. (AP)

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Here's a roundup of last night's Nets festivities.
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It may be hard to picture in 2014, but there once was a time when Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was one of the most lethal pick-and-roll finishers in the league. The 6'11" power forward made a name for himself with his patented one-handed jams. Amar'e's dunks stuffed daily highlight reels and he was truly a force to be reckoned with. Then came the injuries.

Stoudemire is a shell of his former self. When he isn't injured, he looks tired and lethargic. But the veteran won't quit: Stoudemire has worked his way back on the court, and though he isn't as dominant as he once was, he has become efficient and consistent.

Amar'e took MSG back a few years when he threw down this one-handed dunk on the Nets in the Battle of the Boroughs.

 

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd (AP)

Of the 12 new head coaches hired last summer, the Nets picked the most inept choice. He's the worst coach in the NBA. He doesn't do anything. His clock is running out.

Fast forward a few months, and Kidd has led the hottest team in the Eastern Conference since January 1st and won two Coach of the Month Awards. Things sure change fast, huh?
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Deron Williams, of the Deron Williams News. (AP)

Deron Williams, of the Deron Williams News. (AP)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Two years ago on media day, Deron Williams grabbed a microphone during former Nets coach Avery Johnson's initial press conference to the media.

"This is Deron Williams with the Deron Williams News," Williams cracked as reporters giggled. "Can you tell me, who's the best team in New York?"

It was a dig at the constant media coverage of the "Borough Battle," a Nets-Knicks rivalry borne out of geographical proximity and little else. It gave then-coach Johnson the opportunity to respond with a standardized refrain, alleging that the Nets aren't focused on the Knicks, they're focused on being the best team in the NBA.

But today, with the seventh game in Brooklyn-Manhattan history on tap, nearly all of the Nets -- even Williams -- admit that these games mean more to them.
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Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce (AP)

Although the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks are separated by 8.5 games in the standings, their showdown at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday may be their most important matchup yet this season.

With the Nets jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round and the Knicks struggling to make it at all, they find themselves in the unique position of potentially getting to deliver one of the final blows to the Knicks’ nightmare season.

The last time these teams met, they were trending in opposite directions-- the Nets in the midst of their January revival and the Knicks in their winter free-fall. Since then, Kidd has notched two Coach of the Month Awards and has the Nets playing like an elite team in the Eastern Conference. Lots has changed since the Nets blew out the Knicks 103-80 on January 20th. Check out the position-by-position starting lineup breakdown ahead!

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KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

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With the Brooklyn Nets putting the finishing touches on a 103-80 blowout over their cross-bridge rival New York Knicks, some Knicks fans took to booing or feeble "Fire Woodson!" chants. But the loudest chant of the night was Brooklyn's famous "Brooook-lynnnn" chant, which was loudest at this point in the fourth quarter but occurred throughout.

This isn't the first time that The Brooklyn Chant has entered Madison Square Garden's airwaves, but it was the most prominent one in the two-year rivalry. Or, as Nets Stats put it:

 

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In the first half of Monday afternoon's Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks cross-bridge battle, Joe Johnson drew a touch foul on Iman Shumpert going up for a shot. YES Network's replay showed that Shumpert grazed Johnson's hand, but it probably should've been a no-call. Instead, it sent the crowd into a fury and Knicks coach Mike Woodson into rare furor form:
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