Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - The first round of the battle of New York turned out to be well worth the wait for the new kids on the block.
Behind double-doubles from Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets handed the New York Knicks a 96-89 overtime loss at an energized Barclays Center to take the inaugural matchup between the city rivals since the Nets crossed the Hudson River into their new home.
The highly anticipated matchup was delayed more than three weeks by Hurricane Sandy, and the final outcome would be as well after the Knicks rallied back from a five-point deficit late in regulation. However, Brooklyn put forth a pivotal 7-0 run during overtime to gain early bragging rights as well as record its third consecutive victory.
Lopez finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams racked up 16 points and 14 assists to help the Nets move to 7-1 at the first-year Barclays Center.
The Knicks suffered their third defeat in four games despite 35 points and 13 rebounds from Brooklyn-born Carmelo Anthony and a career-high 28 points along with 10 boards out of Tyson Chandler.
New York was ultimately done in by poor shooting down the stretch, however, making good on just 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) of its field goal attempts during the fourth quarter and overtime.