Preseason: Nets open new arena in Brooklyn with win
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Nets brought professional sports back to Brooklyn with a victory Monday night, beating the Washington Wizards 98-88 in the first basketball game at the Barclays Center.
Brook Lopez had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who left New Jersey after last season for a new $1 billion home in Brooklyn. They were greeted by 14,219 fans on the night they became Brooklyn's first major pro sports team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.
Lavoy Allen had 11 points and Evan Turner 10 for the Sixers. With Andrew Bynum out the entire preseason as a precaution after receiving knee treatment in Germany, the Sixers are mixing up their frontcourt rotation. Hawes, their starting forward came, off the bench and made six of 10 shots.
Young and Allen started and combined for 11 rebounds and 12-of-21 shooting. Nick Young scored 14 points.
The Sixers dominated the third quarter to stretch a seven-point lead to 21. They closed the period on a 9-0 run and hit the 100-point mark with 4:50 left in the game.
Kyrie Irving, last season's Rookie of the Year, snapped out of his preseason shooting slump with 22 points for the Cavaliers (3-2), who came from behind after blowing a 14-point third-quarter lead.
Glen Davis scored 27 points to lead Orlando (0-3).
Irving shot just .239 (11 of 46) from the field in Cleveland's first four preseason games, but he scored nine straight to spark a 21-6 run that put the Cavaliers ahead 31-19 with 29.6 seconds left in the first half. He finished the first quarter with 11 points and the first half with 18, two more than his previous preseason single-game high of 16.
He finished an efficient 5 for 8 from the field and 11 for 11 on free throws.
Nowitzki, who has been bothered by a troublesome right knee, missed his second straight preseason game. The 11-time All-Star has had that knee drained twice over the past month.
The Mavericks scored 20 straight points in the third quarter to turn a halftime deficit into a 77-62 lead.
Stephen Curry had 25 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors. They were a combined 8 for 10 from 3-point range. David Lee had 15 points as Golden State lost for the first time in four preseason games.
The Nuggets led 94-92 when Brewer six straight points. He was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws and then made a 3 to give Denver a 100-92 lead.
Golden State responded with six in a row and had two chances to tie but Jeremy Tyler was called for a charge and then Kosta Koufas blocked his layup attempt with 49 seconds remaining.
Koufas, who had 13 rebounds, sealed the win with two putbacks that gave Denver a 104-98 lead.
Cousins came off the bench midway through the fourth to help boost the Kings. He scored six consecutive points, the final one a fastbreak layup that put Sacramento (2-0) ahead 107-93 with 5:06 left.
Evans helped keep the Kings lead in double digits in the third quarter by scoring on a variety of drives to the basket. He had nine points and the Kings went into the fourth quarter ahead 91-78.
Lillard connected on three 3-pointers early in the third to rally Portland and scored 11 points in the quarter.
After a productive 10-point first half, Cousins picked up four personal fouls and a technical and went to the bench midway through the third quarter.
The Kings started offseason pickup Brooks at point guard and the move had immediate benefits. Brooks made two 3s and had 12 first-quarter points in helping Sacramento to a 62-42 halftime lead.
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