Even after the brawl, there was little that the Celtics could do about it anyway, thanks to all the weapons remaining in the Nets’ arsenal. It wasn’t a fair fight.
The symbolism of Monday night’s game will supersede anything that will be relevant to the ultimate composition of the 2012-13 regular-season standings.
The Nets opened the Barclays Center in winning fashion as they defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100.
“I think we have a chance to win the whole thing this year,” said guard Joe Johnson. “I’m not just saying it. I honestly believe it.”