The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets sit at 10-4, with the Nets having won nine of their last 11 - including the first showdown between the crosstown opponents.
The Brooklyn Nets are possibly the hottest team in the league, and at least according to the head-to-head, the best team in New York, although they're merely tied with the New York Knicks in the standings.
The Nets have won nine of 11, with the only two losses coming at the end of a West Coast road trip, and are now streaking again with four straight. The most notable, of course, was the back-and-forth overtime win at the Barclays Center in the first matchup between the Nets and Knicks, that saw Deron Williams carry his team with a 16-point, 14-assist outing while Jerry Stackhouse broke the Knicks' backs with four threes off the bench. New York had some leads and got 35 points from Carmelo Anthony as well as a career-high 28 on only 13 shots from Tyson Chandler, but collapsed with extremely poor execution down the stretch, thanks in part to Raymond Felton's 3-for-19 night in Jason Kidd's absence.
The Nets kept it rolling Wednesday with a convincing win over the Boston Celtics, their second win in the divisional matchup in the early going. What most fans will remember is a brawl that saw Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Gerald Wallace ejected, but they shouldn't forget that the Nets had already opened up a 20-point lead on the Celtics that had Boston frustrated. Andray Blatche continued a strong run of play off the bench with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Stackhouse continued his revival with five three-pointers.
The ball movement that was lacking for the Knicks Monday was there Wednesday in Milwaukee, as the Knicks surged in the second quarter to open up a 20-point lead behind over the Milwaukee Bucks. With Kidd out for an indefinite amount of time with back issues, the team played Carmelo Anthony at power forward for the majority of the game instead of trying to play big as they did against Brooklyn, and the offense opened up. Pablo Prigioni played his best game as a Knick, filling in 11 points, and Steve Novak drained five threes in his home state.
Here's a look at the team's scores this week:
Monday, November 26: Brooklyn Nets, 96, New York Knicks, 89 (OT)
Wednesday, November 28: Brooklyn Nets, 95, Boston Celtics, 83
New York Knicks, 102, Milwaukee Bucks, 88