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Even if it's Sid, running up score not worth risk

Updated: December 20, 2006, 9:11 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

In light of the late-game brawl between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, I was reminded about the downside of running up the score (or creating that perception in the mind of your opponents).

Believe me, that downside is considerable.

In such a case, the offending team puts a lot at risk for very little. After all, who really cares if you win by 20 or 22 points, or five or six goals? The margin of victory only counts if you're playing ...

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