Nets hold off 76ers in OT in Brooklyn debut

Nets hold off 76ers in OT in Brooklyn debut
October 13, 2012, 9:53 pm
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Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young (21) goes up for a layup as Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche (0) defends in the first half during a preseason NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Brook Lopez scored 19 points and the Brooklyn Nets made their debut with a 108-105 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

The Nets had closed the book on New Jersey after spending 35 years in Piscataway, East Rutherford and the team's last home at the Prudential Center in Newark. Turns out, the franchise had one more game left in their old home state.

Only these Nets wore black uniforms with white stripes down the sides and ``Brooklyn'' emblazoned on the front.

Oh, they also had Joe Johnson and Deron Williams in the backcourt, a duo the Nets could have used in New Jersey. Johnson, acquired from Atlanta in the offseason, scored 13 points in his debut. Williams had 14 points.

Evan Turner had 14 points for the Sixers. Andrew Bynum, who is sitting out the preseason to rest his achy knees, watched his team lose from the end of the bench.