In just his second game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving put on another remarkable display. En-route to his team’s 113-109 victory against the New York Knicks, Irving dropped 26 points (on 8-of-19 shooting) and made the go-ahead three to seal the game in the fourth.
Following the win, Kyrie spoke on the brewing rivalry between the two New York teams, one that the Nets may be winning for the first time in their history.
“That was more a subway rivalry back when they played in New Jersey,” Irving said, via ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “Now that they’re in Brooklyn, it’s like a battle for who runs New York City.”
Irving’s arrival in Brooklyn marked a turning of the tide in a way. For too long, New York has been waiting for quality, winning basketball in the city — a treat that the Knicks have been unable to provide.
The Nets have become everything New York has hoped for all these years, and the Knickerbockers must be feeling the pressure of that reality.
If Irving continues to fan the flame of the rivalry, as he no doubt will, we could see things intensify even further as the season progresses. One can only imagine the fire that Durant’s return will bring.