The host Brooklyn Nets, previously based in New Jersey, beat the New York Knicks 96-89 in overtime in the opener of a new-look rivalry. The teams are tied atop the NBA Atlantic Division at 9-4.
NEW YORK — They share a city, first place and the belief this new-look, New York matchup could be a real rivalry.
And what a stirring start to it for the Nets and Knicks.
The Nets won the crowd — and the game — in the first meeting in Brooklyn, pulling out a 96-89 overtime victory Monday to tie the Knicks atop the Atlantic Division at 9-4 on a breakthrough night for a franchise previously based in New Jersey.
“Having two great teams in New York, the fans are in the best position of all,” said Nets center Brook Lopez, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds.
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The Nets improved to 7-1 in their $1 billion Barclays Center home before a sellout crowd of 17,732.
“Every time some sort of Knicks contingency started to cheer, our fans got louder,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said.
Jerry Stackhouse made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 3:31 left in overtime as the Nets controlled the extra period of a playoff-like game.
Carmelo Anthony collected 35 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder opened a 40-point halftime lead in one of the most lopsided first halves in league history on its way to a 114-69 blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats.
The 64-24 advantage was the fifth-biggest halftime lead in the shot-clock era and the largest since Golden State set the record with an 88-41 edge on Sacramento in 1991. Less than five minutes into the third quarter, the Thunder pulled its starters with a 79-25 lead.
• Sacramento guard Aaron Brooks, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle, was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands after a loss Friday at Utah.
• Brandon Knight scored 26 points to help host Detroit beat Portland 108-101. LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers’ lineup after missing a game because of back spasms and scored 32 points.
• Boris Diaw scored 16 points as San Antonio won 119-92 at Washington. The Wizards are the 12th team in league history to start 0-12.
• Milwaukee, down by 27 points with 2:50 left in the third quarter, rallied to win 93-92 in Chicago.
• New Orleans limited Clippers standout Blake Griffin to a career-low four points on 1-for-9 shooting in a 105-98 victory in Los Angeles.