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One juicy rivalry segues to another

Updated: March 18, 2005, 12:44 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- In the world of barley and hops, it's pretty easy to make St. Patrick's Day seem like Christmas Day. Surely you've seen those Guinness commercials.

In the hoops world?

One salty rivalry wasn't enough. The NBA needed two of them Thursday night and, fortunately, had a couple.

There was a lot to compete with on this St. Patrick's Day. Unlike Christmas, when the only obstruction was the holiday itself, the renewal of basketball's answer to the Ali-Frazier blood feud would have ...

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