NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets won their home opener and improved to 2-1 on the young season with a 116-85 win over the undermanned Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night at Barclays Center. The Nets led by as many as 35.
Player of the game: Brook Lopez (right midfoot sprain), playing in his first regular-season game since Dec. 20, 2013, posted 18 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. He was rusty early and got into foul trouble but began to pick it up late in the second quarter. Compliments are also in order for Alan Anderson, who missed only one shot all night and also had 18 points.
Turning point: Deron Williams opened with Brooklyn's first five points, knocking down a 3-pointer and hitting a pair of free throws. He wasn't wearing that tape on his right hand/wrist, and his shot looked as good as it normally does. It set the tone for a big first quarter. Williams had 17 points and nine assists.
Play of the game: Bojan Bogdanovic dribbled behind his back before throwing an alley-oop pass to Mason Plumlee for a dunk right before the halftime buzzer sounded. Speaking of Bogdanovic (12 points), the rookie looked confident and took his shots with conviction. The Nets' starters are going to be hard to guard anyway -- only more so if "Bogie" is contributing in a positive way.
Exchanging pleasantries: Anderson exchanged words with Reggie Jackson in the fourth quarter, and the two had to be separated.
Who's in the house? Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay Z and Beyonce, Fabolous and Ashanti.
Up next: The Nets continue their four-game homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.