The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Miami Heat 101-100 in the home debut of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry.
"I had to stop looking in the crowd," Garnett said. "It was a huge distraction, but it was beautiful. The energy here is incredible."
"That was electric," Terry said. "We feed off that. How can you not want to play hard every minute for a guy like that?"
The rivalry between the Heat and Garnett and Pierce ramped up a few weeks ago when LeBron James described them as hypocrites for leaving the Boston Celtics a year after being so critical of Ray Allen's decision to sign with Miami.