Exactly 43 years ago to the day — on October 21, 1977 — Pete Maravich and the New Orleans Jazz were welcomed to Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey, as the Nets played their first game in their new home as an NBA franchise.
Although the Nets put up a good fight, they couldn’t stop Maravich, who went off for 41 points in New Orleans’ 111-103 win. Cheap Al Skinner Jersey was New Jersey’s leading scorer with 28 points, while Cheap Bernard King Jersey posted a double-double (18 points and 12 rebounds) and Bubbles Hawkins scored 19 points off the bench.
The 1977-78 season was the Nets’ second season in the NBA, having made the transition with the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs from the ABA — after the then-New York franchise won two of the upstart league’s last three titles.
43 years ago today, the Nets took the floor in New Jersey as an NBA team for the first time 🙌 pic.twitter.com/PsZWM40gXh
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 21, 2020
The loss to the Jazz (full box score) was one of 58 in the 1977-78 season, in which the Nets would only muster 24 wins.
With the NBA on hiatus and New York continuing its battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak, Brooklyn Nets games will not be played for the foreseeable future.
For the Nets, as much as any team, this comes at an odd time — Brooklyn was battling the Orlando Magic for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings. At the stoppage of play, the Nets had a half-game advantage over the Magic.
Since there aren’t any games, each day Nets Wire will highlight impressive individual performances and major moments throughout Nets history:
Cheap Armen Gilliam Jersey could block a shot here and there, but by no means would you find him among the league leaders in blocks per game at the end of the season.
But when the Boston Celtics visited New Jersey on April 23, 1995, Gilliam protected the rim like few can.
On top of his double-double (28 points and 14 rebounds), the 6-foot-9 forward set a career-high with six blocked shots in the Nets’ 102-99 win (full box score).
Cheap Rick Mahorn Jersey also had a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Cheap Kenny Anderson Jersey finished two assists short of a double-double (16 points) and Cheap P.J. Brown Jersey finished one point shy of a double-double (11 rebounds).