A rivalry between Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks is beginning to form

The Brooklyn Nets swept the New York Knicks for the second consecutive season, but something noteworthy happened during Brooklyn’s come from behind win Wednesday night.

That noteworthy thing that happened is that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving finally played their first game as a duo at Madison Square Garden, as this was the first time Irving put on a Nets jersey at MSG.

Durant dropped a 32 point triple-double and he also had 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Irving wasn't too far behind him, putting up 24 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.

The dominant display was there for Brooklyn's superstar duo in the most popular arena in all of basketball.

However, the theatrics and the drama were also there between the players and the fans, as Irving waved goodbye to the crowd after Patty Mills hit a dagger 3-pointer down the stretch.

"Waving to the crowd was just like 'hey, we'll see you guys next year,'" Irving said after the game.

Irving, having grown up a New Jersey Nets fan as a kid while living in West Orange, NJ, feels the rivalry on a personal level.

This is the type of energy the Nets want to see from one of their franchise players, as this will hopefully spark life into an up-and-coming fanbase and slowly lift them closer to the relevance of their crosstown rivals across New York City.

History of this rivalry

When the Nets were playing in the swamps of the Meadowlands, they didn't draw the same type of crowd the Knicks do on a nightly basis.

However, the Nets were by far the dominant team in the 2000s, as they went to the playoffs six consecutive seasons from 2002 to 2007, which included back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

The Nets went 19-4 against the Knicks during the Jason Kidd era and swept them in their only postseason matchup back in the first round of the 2004 playoffs. Kidd later declared that their matchup wasn't even a series.

After the Kidd era, these two teams shifted their rivalry in a different direction, with the Nets moving onto Brooklyn.

When the Nets moved to Brooklyn, they were led by Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson with hopes to be a competitive team for years to come.

They later added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, hoping to bring this rivalry to a whole new level, but unfortunately, both players had very short tenures in Brooklyn, and both teams ultimately sunk to the bottom of the league, which effectively killed any meaningful rivalry.

Now that the Nets are looking to make a name for themselves in the 'Big Apple' once again, they will look to make a statement each and every game these two teams face-off, while the Knicks hope to not get embarrassed by their 'little brothers'.

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