Midway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game, with the Nets leading the Raptors, 81-68, Kris Humphries readied himself for the second of two free throws. He took a dribble and began his shooting motion, but never completed the attempt.

BROOKLYN—Tuesday afternoon, a piece of Brooklyn's past became a symbol for its future. Before the Brooklyn Nets took on the New York Knicks in the second "Clash of the Boroughs," CEO Brett Yormark joined Borough President Marty Markowitz, Atlantic Yards Developer Bruce C. Ratner, Nets swingman Jerry Stackhouse and Sharon Robinson, daughter of Dodgers great Jackie, in commemorating the new home of an Ebbets Field flagpole.

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