NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 23 28 32 26 109
Brooklyn 32 32 30 19 113
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , October 25, 2019
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York  Attendance: 17,732

Nets' Irving looks to follow up strong debut vs. Knicks

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New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets

  1. Since the Nets moved into Barclays Center and became the Brooklyn Nets in 2012-13, the Knicks and Nets have met 28 times, with each team winning 14. This is despite the fact that the Nets have committed 86 more turnovers than the Knicks in those games.
  2. The Nets lost their season opener despite getting 50 points from Kyrie Irving. The 50 points were tied with Anthony Davis (2016-17) for the most by any player in a season-opening loss since the 1976-77 NBA-ABA merger.
  3. Speaking of 50, the Nets will be looking for just their second 50-win season since joining the NBA. The one 50-win season is tied with the Pelicans for the fewest of any current NBA franchise.
  4. The Knicks have missed the playoffs in each of the last six seasons. They will need to make the playoffs this year in order to avoid tying the longest playoff drought in franchise history (7 straight from 1959-60 to 1965-66).
  5. Marcus Morris, Julius Randle and RJ Barrett all scored at least 20 points in their Knicks debuts in the season opener. Prior to this season, the last time three teammates each scored 20+ points in their first game with a team in the same game was on October 13, 1978, when the trio of Kermit Washington, Nick Weatherspoon and World B. Free did so for the Clippers.
  6. RJ Barrett's 21 points in the opener were the most by a Knicks player in his NBA debut since Eddie Lee Wilkins had 24 on October 27, 1984.

Kyrie Irving and rookie RJ Barrett were the talk of the town following their tantalizing debuts with their respective new teams.

The two will take center stage at Barclays Center on Friday as Irving and the Brooklyn Nets host Barrett's New York Knicks in the first installment of the Battle of the Boroughs.

Let's start with Irving, who became the seventh player in Nets' franchise history to score 50 points in Wednesday's season-opening 127-126 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Irving had the ball in his hands on the final possession, but the six-time All-Star lost his footing off the dribble and forced a shot that caromed off the rim as time expired.

"The job wasn't done. So that 50 just goes into just another few numbers that -- it holds value, but really ... when you don't get a win," Irving said after he sank seven 3-pointers and shot 17 of 33 from the field.

Irving's point total was the most by a Nets player making his debut, eclipsing the 30 posted by Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald with then-New Jersey in 1976 as well as D'Angelo Russell in 2017.

Irving will face New York for the first time since spurning the club in the offseason. In addition, the New Jersey native brought the injured Kevin Durant and former Knick DeAndre Jordan with him to Brooklyn.

"I told (Irving) from Day One the pressure isn't on you. I need to perform well, our younger guys need to get better. ... Our job here is to give him support," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.

Like Irving, Barrett also saw a strong performance in his debut go by the boards on Wednesday as the Knicks dropped a 120-111 decision to the San Antonio Spurs.

Barrett showed flashes of star power en route to scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his first game since being selected by New York with the third overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft out of Duke.

"I told you. When the popcorn's popping, that kid is ready," New York coach David Fizdale said of Barrett, who helped the club rally from a 16-point deficit in the first half and sank a jumper at the buzzer to give his team an 84-83 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.

Marcus Morris pumped in a team-leading 26 points -- including 17 in the first half on 6-for-8 shooting -- and Julius Randle added 25 and 11 rebounds.

Promising numbers to be certain for a Knicks club that posted a league-worst 17-65 mark in 2018-19, tied for the franchise's worst season.

Brooklyn won three of the four meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals in 2018-19, including both contests at the Barclays Center.

"I don't know what it is in other cities but expectations come with it when you're playing in New York. There's more of a spotlight on us, but it's exciting; what a great challenge we've got in front of us," Atkinson said.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 24, 2019

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