The 2012-2013 NBA season kicked off this past week around the league, and the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks were set to face off against each other to open the season. But due to the recent hurricane that hit the New York City area, the game was postponed to November 29.
The Knicks welcomed the 2012 defending NBA champions to Madison Square Garden on Friday night to start their season. What a start it was, as New York led 33-17 after the first quarter and never looked back on their way to a 104-84 win. Forward Carmello Anthony led the Knicks with 30 and 10 rebounds; as they were without injured power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. Raymond Felton led the Knicks in the assist department with nine dishes as the team had 27 of them on the night. Lebron James led the Heat with 23 points, three blocked shots, and five assists.
Across the river, the new Brooklyn Nets said “hello” to their new borough with an impressive win against the Toronto Raptors. The borough of Brooklyn has waited nearly 55 years for a professional sports team and the Nets didn’t disappoint in the 107-100 victory on Saturday night. Center Brook Lopez led the Nets with 27 points as newcomer Reggie Evans grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Nets superstar Deron Williams scored 19 points and led the team with nine assists. Brooklyn overcame a career night from Raptors guard Kyle lowery who poured in a team- leading 28 points, dished out eight assists, and grabbed eight rebounds.