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 any major professional sports team in 55 years, the Nets thrilled a raucous, sold-out crowd by holding off Toronto for a 107-100 victory Saturday. Major League Baseball's Dodgers were the last team to call the borough home before leaving for Los Angeles in 1957.
"This was such a huge night," coach Avery Johnson said. "I was so thrilled to be a part of it. This night meant a whole lot to a lot of people."
Brook Lopez led the way with 27 points and Deron Williams scored 19 alongside nine assists. Six-time All-Star Joe Johnson had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in his Nets debut.
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