Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - It took a bit longer than anticipated, but the Nets finally made their debut in Brooklyn and got off on the right foot.
After Hurricane Sandy postponed the scheduled season opener on Thursday against the Knicks, Brook Lopez poured in 27 points, including a crucial three-point play late, to give the Brooklyn Nets a 107-100 decision over the Toronto Raptors in their regular season debut at the Barclays Center.
The game marked the return of the first professional sports team in Brooklyn since the Dodgers left town in 1957. Nets All-Star guard Deron Williams hit a couple of clutch free throws late to secure the victory, finishing with 19 points and nine assists on the night.
Newly acquired guards Joe Johnson and C.J. Watson made solid contributions as well for Brooklyn. Johnson dropped in 14 points and Watson shot 6-of-9 off the bench, good for 15 points.
Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 28 points while also adding eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors. Fresh off signing a four-year, $40 million extension, DeMar DeRozan added 25 points for Toronto, which has lost its first two games of the season.