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Brooklyn doesn't hold back on opening night; now Nets have to justify the love

Updated: November 4, 2012, 10:44 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

The arena was packed to capacity, similar to what was seen just a night earlier in midtown Manhattan when the other team in town decided to host a basketball game. Except this wasn't Manhattan. Or the Bronx. Or Staten Island, Queens or anything like them.

"It's Broooook-lyn. ... Broooook-lyn," guard Joe Johnson sang while bobbing his head, mimicking echoes serenaded by the sellout crowd inside the Brooklyn Nets' brand-new home, Barclays Center, on Saturday night.

"I ...

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