The 75th season in the history of the NBA hast started. As expected, this upcoming campaign will be unlike any other, featuring a shortened 72-game season.
The Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors were in charge of starting the season off, and in an everything but exciting game, the Nets came out on top 99-125 at the Barclays Center.
BROOKLYN. THAT'S HOW WE START A SEASON.#BROOKLYNTOGETHER pic.twitter.com/pq28P9CENe— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 23, 2020
Kevin Durant looked like he never left, and Kyrie Irving showed why he is one of the best point guards in the association. Although Golden State put on a battle at first, the Nets showed why they may be the frontrunners to winning the NBA Championship this year.
The Warriors trailed by at least 20 points for most of the first half, and when the second half came, the Nets decided it was time to put the game away. Irving led all scorers with 26 points while 'KD' went seven for 16 from the field and 22 points.
Something that was exciting to see by the Nets is how good their depth is, having Caris LeVert coming off the bench and scoring 20 points while Landry Shamet, Jarrett Allen, and Jeff Green played all big minutes.
The Nets also became the first team in NBA history to play 15 different players in a regular season or playoff game.
When it comes to Golden State, this begins a season where they will have to fight night in and night out to hopefully aspire for a spot in the playoffs. Stephen Curry recorded a 20-point and 10-assist double-double while rookie James Wiseman scored 19 points on his NBA debut as a starter.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Nets have won their first season opener since defeating the Toronto Raptors in 2012. Their 7-game losing streak in season openers was the longest active streak in the NBA entering this season.