Ethan Schorr and Barak Taub stood next to one another at Barclays Center as close friends, separated by allegiance. Schorr, 17, wore a black Nets cap and jersey. Taub, 21, was clad in a blue and orange Knicks T-shirt.
Schorr and Taub agreed on one thing when it came to N.B.A. basketball in New York City: the Nets-Knicks rivalry is alive.
“Now we finally have a chance to actually compete to the point it is a rivalry,” said Schorr, a season-ticket holder who has been a fan since his team played in New Jersey.
When Taub heard his friend’s comments, he could not disagree. The teams have each won a game, with the Knicks escaping the Nets, 100-97, on Tuesday. The Nets defeated the Knicks, 96-89, in overtime on Nov. 26. Since that first game, the friends have been trash-talking about the rematch.