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LeBron trumps Eagles-Giants in Big Apple

How could any battle be more titanic?

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles, led by the electrifying Michael Vick-DeSean Jackson connection, take on the archrival New York Giants in an armor-cracking contest that could decide the division title.

Both teams are 9-4, and the loser could be in danger of missing the playoffs.

No wonder tickets sold on StubHub have been averaging about $271, edging into the Top 10 priciest in the NFL this season, according to spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer.

Payouts have gone as high as $1,361 in the Coaches Club section, she said.

But that's chump change compared to a regular-season contest in another league Friday night.

LeBron James brings the Miami Heat to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks.

The average price among tickets StubHub sold (not just listed): $345.

That's more than any NFL game this season, except for September's home opener of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints ($374).

And get this top price for Heat-Knicks: $5,264 for center courtside seats.

That's almost as much as four of the most expensive Eagles-Giants seats at the Meadowlands.

That even tops the high mark of $4,118 for college's BCS title game between Auburn and Oregon in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10.

The BCS championship, though, far surpasses Eagles-Giants and even Heat-Knicks for average ticket price: $870.

By the way, don't expect a major invasion of Philly fans on Sunday. Almost 40 percent of the buyers were from New York State, followed by 32 percent from New Jersey. Connecticut and Pennsylvania each bought about 8 percent, Ferrer said.

No other Eagles game made StubHub's Top 10 list - not even the return of quarterback Donovan McNabb with the Washington Redskins. Only one other game at the Meadowlands Stadium did, a matchup against the Dallas Cowboys ($313). It tied for third, just behind Brett Favre's return to Green Bay ($315), as the Packers hosted the Minnesota Vikings.