The bullies of Brooklyn

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Joe Johnson. (NBA.com)
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The Brooklyn Nets are 27-18 this season, largely on the strength of an unfailing ability to beat up on bad teams.

The Nets thrashed the Magic again on Monday night in Brooklyn, 97-77. The win concludes the season series between the two teams, with the Nets winning all four games against the Magic, having led by at least 20 points each time.

The Nets are either a perfect 18-0 against sub-.500 teams (sub-.500 at the time they played the Nets), or 20-3 (sub-.500 overall this season, as of now).

That's one of the finest such records in the league. Though the Nets have just the tenth-best overall record in the N.B.A., their 20-3 mark against the lesser lights ranks second in the league, trailing only the 20-1 mark in such games by the San Antonio Spurs.

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It is the team's 7-15 mark against teams above .500, worse than all but one other playoff team in either conference and even several non-playoff teams, that has relegated Brooklyn to the fourth seed at the moment.

The record doesn't lie, and the wins against the Magic don't count any less than a win against the Heat or the Clippers would.

But the Nets won't get another chance to beat up on the Magic this regular season, and are unlikely to face them in the playoffs. If they're going to go anywhere after the regular season, they're going to have to pick up their game against teams that know how to win.

Elsewhere in New York sports:

METS

Mets brass had a secret dinner with Michael Bourn last week, where they revealed they aren't meeting his demands, and aren't willing to sign him at any price unless Major League Baseball exempts them from the free-agent draft-pick rules.

Rejoice! Banner Day has been moved to May 11, allowing children to participate and stay for the game without staying up until 11 P.M.

YANKEES

The Yankees signed outfielder Juan Rivera, who will provide a right-handed bat, if one less good against lefties than they'd prefer.

KNICKS

Steve Novak isn't getting many shot opportunities lately.

Rasheed Wallace could practice this week.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

St. John's is playing much better of late, and the Big East is taking notice. St. John's hosts DePaul Wednesday night with a chance ot improve to 6-3 in the conference.