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Past still defines Heat-Knicks rivalry

While the current Miami and N.Y. teams excite, nothing matches the battles of the '90s

Updated: February 27, 2011, 7:09 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

MIAMI -- The New York Knicks and Miami Heat might soon wage an epic struggle for control of the Eastern Conference, but surely they cannot match the rivalry shared by their forebears of the late '90s, when Knicks-Heat was defined by hate, fear, envy, even the perceived threat of military intervention from Israel.

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