NEW YORK — Brooklyn made a winning return to major pro sports on Saturday night, as the Nets beat the Toronto Raptors 107-100 in the first game at Barclays Center.
After a fifty-five year wait that was extended a couple of extra days by Superstorm Sandy, the borough finally has a team of its own again, and the Nets think it's going to be a good one.
Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Deron Williams added 19 points and nine assists for the Nets. C.J. Watson finished with 15 points and Joe Johnson had 14.
A sold-out crowd of 17,732 that included entertainers Jay-Z, a part-owner, and wife Beyonce chanted Brooklyn! Brooklyn! a few times during the game and loudly at the end, celebrating the name on the front of the shirt much more than the back.
And with good reason. Brooklyn hasn't had a team to cheer since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.
Kyle Lowry had 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who fell to 0-2. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points.
WASHINGTON — Paul Pierce scored 27 points and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards for their first victory.
A night after what their coach called a flat game, the Celtics held the Wizards to 1-for-14 shooting at the start, then were barely better at the end.
Washington's only scoring in the first 8 minutes came on Kevin Garnett's goaltending call, and Pierce hit a key 3 down the stretch to help Boston improve to 1-2.
Washington dropped to 0-2 after its home opener in front of a sellout crowd of 20,308 that occasionally included folks chanting Let's go, Celtics! Washington is still without two starters: point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, and center Nene.
MIAMI — Ray Allen had a four-point play with 6.7 seconds left that put Miami ahead for good, Chris Bosh scored 40 points and the Heat held off the Denver Nuggets.
LeBron James finished with 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Allen scored 23 for the Heat, who escaped when Danilo Gallinari's 3-point try with 2 seconds left bounced off the rim.
Dwyane Wade added 14 points for Miami (2-1).
Kenneth Faried and Andre Iguodala each scored 22 for Denver, which fell to 0-3.