Battle for New York: Nets host Knicks in opener

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If the Nets found a true home in Brooklyn — and not just an extension of Madison Square Garden — they’ll find out in the first game of the season.

A source confirmed the Brooklyn Nets will open their inaugural campaign at the Barclays Center against the Knicks on Nov. 1 in a nationally televised game. It’s a surprising move from the league, and perhaps a dangerous one for the Nets, who are trying to establish themselves as Brooklyn’s team in Knicks territory.

“If that’s the case, bring it on,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said earlier this month about opening against the Knicks.

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Battle for New York: Nets host Knicks in opener