On This Date: Knicks beat the Nets and Robin Lopez outduels his brother

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December 4, 2015: In a battle of the Lopez brothers, Robin beats Brook as the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-91 in MSG.

In an ESPN-televised broadcast1, the Knicks went on a three point barrage to beat the Nets in a wire-to-wire victory. The Knicks scored 42 points in the 1st quarter to build a 21 point lead that proved insurmountable to the Nets. The win put the Knicks at a 10-10 record to start the season.

Carmelo Anthony led the team with 28 points and 5 three pointers made. Kristaps Porzingis had a double double with 19 points, 3-4 from the three point arc, and 10 rebounds. Robin Lopez (RoLo) only scored 7 points, but had 3 blocks to beat his brother Brook (BroLo).  This was the first matchup of the Lopez rivalry in New York.

Contrary to popular thought, the Lopez brothers did not live together in their one shared season in New York. The issue was not between brothers, but rather their respective cats.

Kirsten Fleming of the New York Post documented the catfight during the 2015-16 season.  Fleming spoke to RoLo to discuss the genesis of the rivalry:

“Brook’s cat is very two-faced,” Robin tells The Post. “Everybody loves Brook’s cat. To everybody’s face, he’s such a nice cat. And it may sound like I’m joking, but I am dead serious. He acts like a lazy, sweet cat when everybody is looking. But when their heads turn, he’ll try to chase after [my cat] Edward. The second I lay eyes on him, he’ll act like, ‘I’m a cherub. I’m innocent.’ I’m not buying it.”

Clearly the cats had the utmost priority in their sibling rivalry.