Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Brooklyn home to a winning debut

NEW YORK — Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports on Saturday night as the Nets beat the Raptors 107-100 in the first game at Barclays Center.

After a 55-year wait that was extended a couple of extra days by Hurricane Sandy, the borough finally has a team of its own again, and the Nets think it's going to be a good one.

Brook Lopez had 27 points and Deron Williams 19 points and nine assists to lead the Nets. C.J. Watson finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson had 14.

A soldout crowd of 17,732 that included hip-hop superstar Jay-Z, a part-owner, and wife and R&B singer Beyonce chanted "Brooklyn! Brooklyn!" a few times during the game and loudly at the end, celebrating the name on the front of the shirt much more than the back.

And with good reason. Brooklyn hasn't had a team to cheer since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.

Kyle Lowry had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points.

The Nets pulled it out after Toronto got within two with 1:17 left, an uplifting end to a difficult week for the city and the franchise.

The Nets were scheduled to open Thursday against the Knicks, but that was postponed at the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg because travel via public transportation to Barclays Center would have been difficult and perhaps dangerous with so much of the city's mass-transit system not operating.

The Nets, still practicing in East Rutherford, N.J., this season, were forced to move their midweek workouts to Barclays Center after their practice center was flooded and lost power. Some team members were forced into hotels.

The Manhattan hotel where the Raptors planned to stay lost power, so the team stayed in Brooklyn, instead.

The Nets lined up buses to run from Manhattan on Saturday, and fans got a boost when some subways began running from Manhattan. The storm's effects were evident at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center transit complex — water damage on the floor, escalators shut off — but the building appeared mostly full long before a lively pregame ceremony.

Commissioner David Stern turned boos into cheers when he announced it was an honor to "welcome Brooklyn, USA to the NBA." Former Brooklyn Dodgers Ralph Branca and Joe Pignatano, along with Gil Hodges Jr., whose father was a star with the beloved Dodgers before they moved to Los Angeles, exchanged jerseys with some Nets players.

The Nets are rebranded after 35 years in New Jersey, with a new logo, black-and-white color scheme and a new mascot called "BrooklyKnight" who was introduced.

Most importantly, they think they'll have a fan base. Never truly loved while bouncing around multiple homes in Jersey after leaving Long Island, Branca said the Nets will find the same loyal fans in Brooklyn that backed the Dodgers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Ray Allen had a four-point play with 6.7 seconds left that put the host Heat ahead for good, Chris Bosh scored 40 and Miami held off the Nuggets 119-116. … Paul Pierce had 27 points and the visiting Celtics beat the Wizards 89-86 for their first victory. … George Hill scored 18, including the first four in the second overtime, and the host Pacers held the Kings to three baskets in the final 10:45 in a 106-98 victory in double overtime.

LAKERS' NASH OUT: Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of Los Angeles' lineup for at least another week.

The results of the point guard's MRI exam threw another complication into the Lakers' dismaying start.

Nash got hurt in a collision with Damian Lillard on Wednesday night, bumping legs with the Trail Blazers rookie in the second quarter. The two-time NBA MVP tried to keep playing in the second half but quickly left the game again.

Nash missed the Lakers' 105-95 loss to the Clippers on Friday night, dropping them to 0-3 for the first time in 34 years and the fourth time in franchise history.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Forward Brandon Rush, the Warriors' top reserve, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have season-ending surgery. … Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the league's protocol for determining when a player can return from a concussion, a day after No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis suffered a mild one. "Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers, and it's getting old," Williams said. "It's just the way the league is now." … Hawks forward Josh Smith will miss tonight's game at Oklahoma City because of a right ankle sprain. … Center Chris Kaman made his debut with the Mavericks after missing part of the preseason and the first two games with a strained right calf. … Mavericks television announcer Mark Followill missed the game after he was injured during a bicycle ride earlier in the day. … The Heat unveiled a banner to commemorate LeBron James' participation on the gold-medal winning U.S. team at this summer's London Olympics.

Nets 107, Raptors 100

TORONTO (100): Fields 1-4 0-0 2, Bargnani 6-12 0-0 13, Valanciunas 1-4 0-0 2, Lowry 9-19 6-7 28, DeRozan 8-13 8-10 25, A.Johnson 5-8 1-2 11, Calderon 1-5 0-0 2, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 4-7 3-4 11, Anderson 1-4 0-0 3, Gray 1-2 1-2 3, Lucas 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 37-82 19-25 100.

BROOKLYN (107): Wallace 4-8 1-2 10, Humphries 1-5 3-4 5, Lopez 8-17 11-15 27, Williams 6-14 6-8 19, J.Johnson 5-13 3-4 14, Watson 6-9 0-0 15, Blatche 3-8 1-2 7, Evans 1-2 0-0 2, Brooks 3-5 2-2 8, Bogans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-81 27-37 107.

Toronto 35 17 26 22— 100

Brooklyn 27 33 24 23— 107

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-18 (Lowry 4-10, Bargnani 1-1, Anderson 1-2, DeRozan 1-2, Lucas 0-1, Calderon 0-2), Brooklyn 6-15 (Watson 3-4, J.Johnson 1-2, Wallace 1-3, Williams 1-5, Blatche 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 46 (Lowry 8), Brooklyn 59 (Evans 13). AssistsToronto 23 (Lowry 8), Brooklyn 20 (Williams 9). Total FoulsToronto 31, Brooklyn 19. TechnicalsToronto Bench, Brooklyn defensive three second. A17,732 (18,103).

Celtics 89, Wizards 86

BOSTON (89): Pierce 10-22 3-4 27, Sullinger 2-3 0-0 4, Garnett 7-15 1-2 15, Rondo 5-10 0-0 12, Lee 2-7 0-0 4, Bass 2-6 1-1 5, Wilcox 0-0 0-0 0, Terry 2-8 4-4 8, Green 5-10 0-2 11, Barbosa 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 36-84 9-13 89.

WASHINGTON (86): Ariza 0-4 0-0 0, Booker 5-10 1-1 11, Okafor 1-6 1-2 3, Price 3-10 0-0 8, Beal 0-5 2-2 2, Webster 1-6 2-2 4, Seraphin 8-9 3-4 19, Crawford 8-14 3-6 21, Vesely 2-5 0-0 4, Pargo 4-7 0-0 9, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 2-2 0-0 5. Totals 34-78 12-17 86.

Boston 26 23 22 18— 89

Washington 12 30 25 19— 86

3-Point GoalsBoston 8-21 (Pierce 4-8, Rondo 2-2, Green 1-2, Barbosa 1-3, Terry 0-2, Lee 0-4), Washington 6-20 (Crawford 2-4, Price 2-5, Martin 1-1, Pargo 1-3, Ariza 0-1, Booker 0-1, Beal 0-2, Webster 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 44 (Sullinger, Pierce, Garnett 7), Washington 57 (Booker 10). AssistsBoston 24 (Rondo 12), Washington 20 (Price, Webster, Pargo 4). Total FoulsBoston 12, Washington 14. A20,308 (20,308).

Heat 119, Nuggets 116

DENVER (116): Faried 11-15 0-1 22, Gallinari 3-17 6-9 13, Koufos 1-4 0-0 2, Lawson 7-15 0-0 14, Iguodala 9-15 2-4 22, McGee 6-9 4-5 16, A.Miller 8-10 1-1 17, Brewer 4-10 0-0 10. Totals 49-95 13-20 116.

MIAMI (119): Battier 2-5 2-2 8, James 8-17 4-4 20, Bosh 15-22 9-10 40, Chalmers 3-7 3-4 9, Wade 5-12 4-6 14, Allen 8-12 1-1 23, M.Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Haslem 0-1 0-0 0, Lewis 1-2 0-0 2, Anthony 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 43-83 23-27 119.

Denver 34 32 25 25— 116

Miami 35 29 23 32— 119

3-Point GoalsDenver 5-21 (Iguodala 2-5, Brewer 2-7, Gallinari 1-9), Miami 10-25 (Allen 6-10, Battier 2-5, M.Miller 1-3, Bosh 1-3, Wade 0-1, James 0-1, Chalmers 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 60 (Faried 12), Miami 37 (James 9). AssistsDenver 13 (Lawson 6), Miami 26 (James 11). Total FoulsDenver 21, Miami 16. A20,104 (19,600).

Pacers 106, Kings 98, 2OT

SACRAMENTO (98): J.Johnson 1-5 2-2 4, Thompson 2-6 0-0 4, Cousins 9-27 3-6 21, Thomas 2-6 0-0 5, Evans 5-15 4-4 14, Thornton 9-21 4-4 26, Hayes 1-2 0-0 2, Garcia 1-3 0-0 2, Robinson 3-6 3-4 9, Brooks 4-11 0-0 11. Totals 37-102 16-20 98.

INDIANA (106): Green 6-9 4-4 17, West 7-21 4-4 18, Hibbert 6-11 0-2 12, Hill 7-17 4-5 18, George 6-15 2-2 16, Young 1-5 0-0 2, T.Hansbrough 1-3 4-4 6, Augustin 1-4 1-1 3, Mahinmi 0-2 4-4 4, Stephenson 4-12 1-1 10. Totals 39-99 24-27 106.

Sacramento 24 18 24 25 5 2— 98

Indiana 18 38 18 17 5 10— 106

3-Point GoalsSacramento 8-22 (Thornton 4-10, Brooks 3-7, Thomas 1-4, J.Johnson 0-1), Indiana 4-22 (George 2-7, Green 1-3, Stephenson 1-4, West 0-1, Hill 0-2, Young 0-2, Augustin 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 55 (Cousins 13), Indiana 77 (West 18). AssistsSacramento 19 (Evans, Hayes, Thornton 4), Indiana 16 (Hill 5). Total FoulsSacramento 26, Indiana 19. TechnicalsThompson, Sacramento defensive three second. A18,165 (18,165).

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