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Kyrie Irving’s bird strike repartee with fans at TD Garden on Sunday certainly wasn’t the first example, but it is the latest in a long line of memorable moments in the lively sports rivalry between New York and Boston.
From the curse of the Bambino to the Red Sox’s 3-0 comeback in the 2004 ALCS, from Bill Belichick retiring as NYJ HC and defecting to New England to Eli and the Giants ending the Patriots’ perfect season, from Bobby Orr the Rangers to Bobby Nystrom and Clark Gillies beating up the Bruins, from Gets by Buckner to the Knicks’ 1973 Easter Resurrection to Patrick Ewing’s buzzer-beater and Game 1 of this year’s Nets-Celtics series, all New York teams in these sports have witnessed first-hand the age-old rivalry between the two cities.
Irving’s antagonistic response to Beantown residents will likely fuel the vitriol for Wednesday’s Game 2. It’ll also only add to the strife and argument between the sports fans in every city, with a chance for Nets-Celtics to climb up in our all-time top 10 snap of Boston-New York moments:
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