Brook Lopez scored 27 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 107-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors as they opened their National Basketball Association season in the new $1 billion Barclays Center.
“Let’s just start with the fact that we’re in Brooklyn now and it’s a big difference,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “You saw the crowd tonight, even under the circumstances. Not only did we have a sellout, they were into the game.”
Elsewhere in the NBA last night, it was the Boston 89, Washington 86; Indiana 106, Sacramento 98 (2OT); Miami 119, Denver 116; New Orleans 89, Chicago 82; Portland 95, Houston 85; Dallas 126, Charlotte 99; San Antonio 110, Utah 100; Milwaukee 105, Cleveland 102; and Golden State Warriors 114, Los Angeles Clippers 110.
The Nets were scheduled to open their season Nov. 1 against the New York Knicks. The game was postponed until Nov. 26 because of the destruction and mass transit interruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy last week.
“It was good to finally be out here with the guys because we’ve been waiting since the last game of last season for this and just to have it pushed back, it was a little rough for us,” Lopez said. “Like I said, there are some more important things, but we were definitely anxious these last few days.”
The Raptors, led by Kyle Lowry’s 28 points, took a first quarter 35-27 lead over the Nets. Brooklyn rebounded in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 33-17 to own a 60-52 halftime advantage.
Deron Williams added 19 points for the Nets, who never lagged in the second half.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost the first two games of their season.
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