As part of the SB Nation community of NBA blogs, we are participating in a theme day, in which we were asked to answer the question: What was the best game you ever attended live as a fan? Please share your own story in the comments below.
November 26, 2012 - The inaugural Nets vs. Knicks at Barclays.The game wasn't a playoff game, had no impact on the playoffs, in fact. It was too early in the season. What it did have was historic significance -- the first game at Barclays Center between the now New York rivals, Nets vs. Knicks. It almost didn't happen. The game was scheduled to open the Nets brand new arena three weeks earlier, but Hurricane Sandy intervened and it was postponed.
There would be no let-up in support, no stoic resolve when the Nets slipped behind. It was all about volume, about shouting and standing and chanting that now famous, goosebump-inducing, rhythmic, pounding "Brook--lyn," until it hurt the vocal cords as much as it hurt the guys in orange and blue near us.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 35 points, but his last second shot in regulation scraped off the front rim. Deron Williams (16 points, 14 assists) was then able to launch a bomb from just inside the mid-court line, but it bounced away to force overtime.
Who owned New York? We did ... and for the very first time.
What was the best game you ever attended as a fan, NetsDaily?