Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports, as the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first regular-season game at $1 billion Barclays Center.
NEW YORK — Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports Saturday night, as the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first regular-season game at $1 billion Barclays Center.
After a 55-year wait that was extended a couple of days by Superstorm Sandy, the borough finally has a team of its own again. The Nets, based in New Jersey from 1977 through last season, are the first major pro team to play in Brooklyn since the baseball Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.
Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Nets before a crowd of 17,732.
The Nets were to open Thursday against the New York Knicks, but that game was postponed.
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