Jason Kidd has 19-4 record against the Knicks as a Net.
The Nets and Knicks have given New York a sorry excuse for a rivalry that has been hyped and promoted out the wazoo since the Nets’ move to Brooklyn. But despite the teams’ sub-par records in recent years, they have still produced some exciting and fun moments.
From the Pat Riley era in Manhattan to the Jason Kidd era in New Jersey, take a look at 10 of the best Knicks vs. Nets moments of all time — in no particular order — as they set to square off once again on Friday night:
Tim Thomas calls Kenyon Martin “fugazi”
Tim Thomas called Kenyon Martin “fugazi” after a playoff loss.
In the first round of the 2004 Eastern Conference playoffs the second-seeded Nets faced off against the No. 7 Knicks. In Game 1 Knicks forward Tim Thomas was fouled hard by Jason Collins of the Nets, and had to leave the arena in the ambulance and spend the night in the hospital.
Needless to say Thomas was none too happy. The next day he called out his teammates for not retaliating after the hit, accused Collins of a dirty foul and called Kenyon Martin “fugazi.” K-Mart got the last laugh as the Nets cruised past the Knicks in a 4-0 sweep.
1994 Pat Riley-Chuck Daly playoff series
The Nets dropped the first game of the first round series to Riley’s Knicks, but were given a big opportunity to steal Game 2 when Patrick Ewing was ejected in the first half. Charles Oakley stepped in and said “not so fast” as he posted 25 points and 24 boards in a 90-81 win.
The Knicks went on to win the series 3-1, and Chuck Daly resigned from the Nets within the next month.
The Bowling Ball Pass
Jason Kidd showed everyone why people called him a magician in a February game against the Knicks in 2002. Kidd grabbed a steal, turned and rolled a perfect strike with just the right amount of spin to put the ball right in Lucious Harris’ hands for an easy lay-in.
The Nets won the game 115 to 93 and went on to lose to the Lakers in the finals that season.
Jeremy Lin scored 25 points against the Nets.
The Birth of Linsanity
The Nets visited the Garden on February 4, 2012 and they had no idea what was in store for them. Jeremy Lin — undrafted out of Harvard — had his coming out party on the Nets, dropping 25 points and seven assists in a win.
This was just the beginning as Lin went on a tear scoring at least 20 points in nine out of 10 games — starting with the one against the Nets — including a 38 point game against the Lakers.
Deron Williams answers
Just 16 days after Lin dropped 25 on his head; Deron Williams came out like he had something to prove. Williams scored 38 points including an 18 point third quarter, with 12 straight during a sizzling hot stretch.
Williams didn’t seem to take too kindly to Lin’s previous performance.
The Blueprint for Greatness
A billboard reading “The Blueprint for Greatness” was put up near Madison Square Garden.
In the summer of 2010 a massive billboard depicting Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and minority share owner Jay-Z was put up right near Madison Square Garden. The billboard read “The Blueprint for Greatness” and Knicks owner James Dolan was pretty ticked off about it.
Dolan called the NBA and claimed the billboard was bad for MSG employees’ morale.
Joe Johnson’s go-ahead jumper
On Martin Luther King Day in 2013 the Nets went to the Garden and won a close one. After Carmelo Anthony hit two free throws to put the Knicks up one, Joe Johnson went all “Iso Joe” on J.R. Smith and hit a tough fade-away jumper with about 22 seconds left to put the Nets ahead by one.
Johnson’s shot proved to be the biggest one of the game as Brooklyn went on to win it 88-85.
Jason Kidd hits game-winner as a Knick
Jason Kidd was a Knick-killer in New Jersey as he went 19-4 against them as a Net. But the Nets got a taste of their own medicine in a December 2012 meeting at Barclays Center.
With 25 seconds to go in a tie game, Kidd knocked down a three-pointer to seal a Knicks win. The Knicks got their revenge after they lost to the Nets in overtime earlier in the season.
Brook Lopez game-winner
On April 1, 2015 The Nets went back to the Garden and pulled out another close victory. It was Brook Lopez’s 27th birthday and the basketball gods gave him a gift that came off the rim with under five seconds left.
Deron Williams put up a floater that bounced off the rim to Lopez, who missed his first tip in, but finished the second one to put the Nets up two with two seconds left to seal a Nets win.
Bernard King scored 60 points against the Nets on Christmas Day in 1984.
Bernard King scores 60 on Christmas Day
On Christmas Day in 1984, the Nets could not stop Bernard King. King dropped a Knicks franchise best 60 points on 19-of-30 shooting and 22-of-26 from the foul line. He had 40 in the first half alone.
In classic Knicks fashion, they lost in overtime despite the incredible performance.
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