Found November 04, 2012 on Hoops Heads North:
The Raptors had designs of going into the brand new Barclays Center and taking the home opener away from the Brooklyn Nets, with Jay-Z & Beyonce in attendance for the home opener's festivities watching from their first row courtside seats....but on this night, that wasn't to be.The Raptors opened the game on fire, putting up 35 points (on 15 of 24 shooting, for 62.5%) in the 1st quarter and held a 12 point lead over Brooklyn after the 1st. Unfortunately, the Nets adjusted and turned the table on the Raptors - posting 33 points of their own in the 2nd quarter, while holding Toronto to only 17 points. The 2nd half was a hard fought contest on both ends of the floor with the Raptors scoring 48 points the rest of the way, and the Nets scoring 47.The letdown by the Raptors in the 2nd quarter proved to be fatal. They shot 5 of 15 (a paltry 33%) in the 2nd quarter, as the Nets went 13-24 (52%) in that same span. Kyle Lowry had another dominating type performance, for his second...

Jay-Z, Beyonce Join Brooklyn in Welcoming Nets in Home Opener (Photos)

Jay-Z may not have a huge stake in the Brooklyn Nets, but it's his name that's often been mentioned as the franchise looks to rebrand itself for future success in a new home. The part-owner was on hand Saturday night as the Nets played their home opener at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, were among the 17,732 who came out to celebrate...

VIDEO: The Raptors' Amir Johnson's Zombie Walk from start to finish on AmirTV

posted by Romy AquinoSo everyone has already seen the Amir Johnson photos taken from Toronto's 2012 Zombie Walk but recently he posted on his own YouTube channel, AmirTV, with video footage from start to finish.  Definitely shoutouts to that professional makeup artist and her amazing job on Zombie Amir. HIP HOOP JUNKIES linkage!Twitter:  @hiphoopjunkiesFacebook: 'Like...

The New Nets Mascot 'Brooklyn Knight' Dropped into Barclays like the NBA's Version of Fartman

Recall Howard Stern's Fartman? The NBA and the Brooklyn Nets stole the routine as the team's new mascot 'Brooklyn Knight' dropped in on the Barclays Center last night. The Nets beat Toronto... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 30 (11.05.2012) Toronto Raptors Opening Week Edition

Episode 30 of RAPS TALK (11.05.12) - It's the NBA regular season, peeps!  This week we discuss the opening week of the Toronto Raptors season, talk about DeMar's contract extension, and review NBATV's 'Open Gym'.  We also have our regular segments "Hoop Heads Humour of the Week" and "The Wenningtons of the Week", enjoy!If you're new...

Fans find ways to get to Nets' Brooklyn opener

Nets fans found traveling to Barclays Center a bit easier Saturday after the Metropolitan Transit Authority opened up several subway lines from lower Manhattan into Brooklyn for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. The city postponed Thursday night's opener against the New York Knicks because much of the mass-transit system was still not operating. By Friday afternoon, the...

Raptors 105, Timberwolves 86

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Toronto Raptors earned their first victory of the season Sunday night, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-86. Andrea Bargnani scored 10 points as the Raptors extended Minnesota's miserable record against Toronto. The Raptors have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including nine straight at home...

Nets F Wallace out with sprained ankle

Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace is out for Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sprained left ankle, according to ESPN New York. Nets coach Avery Johnson said Wallace is considered day to day. "He's just gonna continue to get treatment on his ankle," Johnson said. "Obviously, his X-rays were negative, and that was great...

Jay Z & Beyonce courtside for Brooklyn Nets 1st home game

  The Brooklyn Nets won their first home game Saturday night when they took on the Toronto Raptors. It had been quite a week for the city of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and much like the Nets win the night before, the win felt like it was for the city as [...]

Timberwolves-Nets Preview

Following a delayed start to their season, the Brooklyn Nets are trying to give the fans at their new home arena and their beleaguered region something to cheer about. After prevailing in their Brooklyn debut, the Nets will try to keep that positivity going by knocking off the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at the Barclays Center. In the first home game in Brooklyn for...

Shootaround: Hello Brooklyn

Toronto Raptors (0-1) vs. Brooklyn Nets (0-0) 7:30 p.m./NBATV At long last, the Nets arrive in Brooklyn. Brooklyn's original home opener against the rival Knicks was postponed to late November after Hurricane Sandy rocked the New York area. Things inside the Barclays Center have been cleaned up some and the stadium, and the transportation in the Tri-State Area should be...
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