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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

The Nets enter play tonight trailing the New York Knicks by three games in the Atlantic Division.

That lead has fluctuated all season, but it seems Brooklyn will finally have its chance to catch its crosstown rival.

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Derrel Johnson, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? I had a chance to catch up with the legendary Bernard Hopkins at a press conference for his upcoming fight against Tavoris ?Thunder? Cloud. The fight will take place ?at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Hopkins will be challenging Cloud for the IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

Tags: Barclays Center, battle of the boroughs, Bernard Hopkins, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, Golden Boy Promotions, IBF Light Heavyweight Title, New York Knicks, Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud, The Executioner
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Tonight at 7 p.m., the Nets and Knicks will play in round three of the ?Battle of the Boroughs.? This will be the first time the new rivalry takes shape in Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks are 10-1.

The Nets are coming off another tough loss, losing 92-90 to the Utah Jazz Tuesday night. The Knicks are also coming off a loss at the hands of a familiar face, Jeremy Lin, and the Houston Rockets.

Jason Kidd

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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the New York Knicks by a final score of 100-97.

The Skinny: The Nets started the game red hot from the field, making nine of their first 11 shots to open a 21-5 lead. Though he picked up two early fouls, Andray Blatche couldn?t miss in the opening quarter, scoring 12 points in less than eight minutes of action. Reggie Evans was active on the glass, grabbing nine rebounds in the quarter. Brooklyn?s interior defense stifled any potential Knicks? attack, though Carmelo Anthony scored eight of the Knicks? first 11 points. New York went on a 7-0 run late in the quarter, but the Nets still led by 14 after one.

MarShon Brooks kept up the Nets? offensive pace to start the second quarter, pouring in seven points in first six minutes. Melo re-entered the game and continued his hot shooting, hitting on back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to 11. An 18-6 extended Knicks? run made this a four-point game at the break, as the Nets? defense began breaking down. Melo had 22 points in the first half.

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Tonight, at 7:00 P.M., the Brooklyn Nets will battle the crosstown-rival New York Knicks at Barclays Center.

The Nets, losers of four straight games, won the previous matchup 96-89 in overtime, but Brook Lopez has been ruled out. Lopez was instrumental in the first matchup, and after initially being deemed a game-time decision tonight, he's officially been ruled out.

The Knicks, meanwhile, are off to their best start since the 1995-1996 season and are 10 games over .500 for the first time since April 2001.

Tags: battle of the boroughs, brook lopez, Brooklyn Nets, Carmelo Anthony, Columns, Jason Kidd, knicks nets, nets, New York Knicks, pregame primer, Reggie Evans, rivalry
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