Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports Saturday night, as the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first game at Barclays Center.
After a 55-year wait that was extended a couple of extra days by Superstorm 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 scored 27 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Nets. C.J. Watson finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson had 14.
A sold-out crowd of 17,732 that included entertainers Jay-Z, a part-owner, and wife Beyoncé chanted "Brooklyn! Brooklyn!" a few times during the game and loudly at the end.
"That gave me jitters, man. Chills," Johnson said. "I know that these fans want the best for this team. All they want from us is to work hard and give them a show."
And with good reason. Brooklyn hasn't had a team to cheer since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.
The Nets pulled it out after Toronto got within two with 1:17 left.
The Nets were scheduled to open Thursday against the Knicks, but that was postponed at the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg because much of the city's mass-transit system not operating.
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, exchanged jerseys with some Nets players.
Trail Blazers 95, Rockets 85: Rookie Damian Lillard, a former Oakland High star, scored 20 points, including eight in overtime, and Portland slowed down James Harden in a win at Houston.
Harden led the Rockets with 24 points in his home debut after combining for 82 points in his first two games with Houston since last week's trade from Oklahoma City.
Hornets 89, Bulls 82: Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points and New Orleans beat host Chicago.
"Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers, and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now," Williams said. "It's a man's game. They're treating these guys like they're 5 years old."
Heat 119, Nuggets 116: Ray Allen had a four-point play with 6.7 seconds left that put host Miami ahead for good, Chris Bosh scored 40 points and the Heat held off Denver. Danilo Gallinari's 3-point try with 2 seconds left missed.
Mavericks 126, Bobcats 99: O.J. Mayo scored 30 points, hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers, as host Dallas improved to 16-0 all-time against Charlotte.
Spurs 110, Jazz 100: Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists to help host San Antonio beat Utah. San Antonio squandered a 19-point lead in the third quarter when Utah went on a 24-5 run to tie the game.
Pacers 106, Kings 98: George Hill scored 18 points, including the first four in the second overtime, to lead Indiana past Sacramento in double overtime. Sacramento managed only three baskets in the final 10:45, and the Kings never led over the final 35½ minutes.
Bucks 105, Cavaliers 102: Brandon Jennings hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for host Milwaukee. The referees used video replay to confirm the shot left Jennings' hand with one-tenth of a second left on the clock.
Mike Dunleavy had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee.
Celtics 89, Wizards 86: Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Boston beat Washington for its first victory.
Lakers: Point guard Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Los Angeles lineup for at least a week. Nash got hurt in a collision with Portland guard Damian Lillard on Wednesday night. Nash attempted to keep playing in the second half but quickly left the game again. He missed the Lakers' 105-95 loss to the Clippers on Friday night.
The Lakers initially announced Nash had simply bruised his leg, but an MRI exam revealed a small fracture on the head of his fibula.