Nets-Knicks Barclays Center Opener to Go Ahead as Planned Nov. 1

The Brooklyn Nets will open their season as planned tomorrow against the New York Knicks, the National Basketball Association said.

The timing of the first regular-season game at the $1 billion Barclays Center had been in doubt as New York City recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

“The Nets-Knicks game will go on as scheduled Thursday night,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in an e-mail last night.

New York is recovering from the effects of the storm, which caused flooding and blackouts in the metropolitan area and claimed the lives of at least 10 people in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a news conference yesterday. The mayor is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.

The Barclays Center, which seats 18,000 fans for basketball, is next to Brooklyn’s main transportation hub, which includes stops for subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road, neither of which are running because of storm damage.

New York’s subway system may take weeks to be restored to full service, Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joe Lhota said at a news conference yesterday.

In last night’s NBA games, the Boston Celtics lost 120-107 at the defending champion Miami Heat, a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals, which went the full seven games. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 94-84 against the visiting Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers lost 99-91 at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

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