In one night, Lionel Hollins and the Nets undid all those feel-good stories from their modest two-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break.
Pierce spent just a year in Brooklyn and now Garnett is gone too, with the Nets getting a solid replacement in Young, who has played much better as the season went on.
The Knicks have come out of the gates strongly by starting their season 2-0 after defeating the Sixers on Sunday.
The surging 76ers look for their eighth win in 11 games Friday night when they try to hand the Knicks a sixth straight road loss.
The 76ers try to record rare back-to-back road wins Wednesday night as they seek a seventh straight victory over the improving Nets, who have lost once in their last six at the Prudential Center.