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Storm delays Nets' opener

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM
NEW YORK -

The Knicks-Nets game that was scheduled for tonight at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn has been postponed at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's request after damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Though the NBA had said Tuesday night the game would go on as planned, Bloomberg asked the league that it be called off.

"Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night," NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm."

The Barclays Center sits above a subway station and commuter rail terminal, and with most mass transit still shut down, transportation to the game would have been difficult.

"It's a great stadium, it would have been a great game, but the bottom line is there is not a lot of mass transit. Our police have plenty of other things to do," Bloomberg said at a news conference.

There is no word yet on the Knicks' game scheduled for Friday at Madison Square Garden against Miami.

The Nets are scheduled to host Toronto on Saturday night. Bloomberg said the city will work with the league to provide extra buses to Saturday's game in case the subways are not yet operational.

ROCKETS: James Harden has agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with Houston.

The Rockets acquired the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in a stunning trade with Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

WARRIORS: Point guard Stephen Curry has agreed to a $44 million, four-year extension, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

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