Nets fans had been waiting for this game ever since draft night, when general manager Billy King made the biggest move of the offseason by bringing Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and their championship pedigrees to Brooklyn.
And on opening night at Barclays Center, the new-look Nets didn’t disappoint.
The Nets went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending champion Heat on Friday night and emerged with a 101-100 victory in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 17,752, snapping a 13-game franchise losing streak against the Heat in a game that felt much closer to playoff intensity than a regular-season contest.
“Whenever you’re trying to establish something against the champs, you got to expect it to be like a playoff-type atmosphere,” said Pierce, who finished with 19 points — tying Joe Johnson for the team-high — to go along with five rebounds and six assists. “[Garnett] really talked about that coming into the game, expect it to be like the playoffs, and don’t expect anything to go our w...