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Knicks-Heat rivalry enters 2012

Pat Riley, head coach of the Miami Heat,

Pat Riley, head coach of the Miami Heat, gestures during game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (March 26, 2008) Photo Credit: Getty

For much of the 2000s, the Knicks-Heat rivalry went dormant. The Knicks were irrelevant, and the Heat had bigger fish to fry, winning division titles in 2005 and 2007, and an NBA championship in 2006.

Then, LeBron James decided to take his "talents to South Beach" instead of Manhattan, rekindling some of the fire that was lost.

From Pat Riley leaving the Knicks for Miami, to the brawl that pitted Jeff Van Gundy against Alonzo Mourning's leg, and more recently, former-Knick Chauncey Billups' emphatic three-pointer that capped off New York's second straight win over Miami last January, I looked back at the rivalry since it heated up in the 1990s.

Get your history lesson by clicking here, and watch the two teams tip off in Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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