Barclays Center · Brooklyn
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By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The chant was 55 years in the making, delayed a couple days by disaster, and delivered by a sold-out crowd that wasn't missing this party no matter what it took to get there.
Those were the lyrics of a rocking return to major pro sports.
"That gave me jitters, man. Chills," guard Joe 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."
Brook Lopez scored 27 points, Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists, and the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Saturday night in the first game at Barclays Center.
Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
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Deron Williams barely missed a double-double, tallying 19 points and 9 assists...C.J. Watson poured in 15 points off the bench, also blocking two shots in 28 minutes...Reggie Evans pulled down a staggering 13 rebounds in 16 minutes, and made several key defensive plays...Playing alongside the starters in the fourth quarter, MarShon Brooks hit two important baskets, finishing with 8 points (3-5 FGs)...Gerald Wallace sprained his left ankle late in the game. X-rays were negative, and his status is day-to-day.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Kris Humphries||C · Brook Lopez|
|G · Kyle Lowry||G · DeMar DeRozan||F · Landry Fields||F · Andrea Bargnani||C · Jonas Valanciunas|
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|27 PTS, 5 REB
8-17 FGs, 11-15 FTS
|"Deron came on strong. Usually we give out something every game to what we consider the most valuable player and it doesn't always have to do with points or rebounds. Tonight, I don't care if Deron didn't score, he was gonna get the game ball because a lot of what's happening with this team is because he decided to re-sign."|