But Johnson made it clear the Nets needed to win the game, not just the crowd, for this to be a successful night, and his team was in great position up five with 4 minutes to play in regulation. The Knicks ran off eight straight to take an 84-81 lead with 1:40 left, but they wouldn’t score again. Lopez tied it with a free throw with 24 seconds remaining, and after Anthony missed a jumper, Williams was off on a long attempt before the buzzer.
Chandler dunked to open overtime, but the Nets answered with eight straight points, taking the lead for good at 89-86 on Stackhouse’s 3-pointer with 3:31 remaining before three straight points from Gerald Wallace, who finished with 16.
Both sides downplayed the idea of a rivalry — yet — leading into the game, but change was noticeable right from the start.
The Knicks were loudly booed during the announcement of starting lineups, with Anthony, a Brooklyn native whom the Nets tried to acquire before the Knicks did, receiving the type of loud, mixed response that usually goes to LeBron James.
There were dueling chants on one early possession, Knicks fans hollering ‘‘Defense! Defense!’’ while Nets supporters tried to drown them out with ‘‘Brook-lyn! Brook-lyn!’’
The only time crowd support seemed unanimous was when local sports stars or celebrities, such as Jay-Z and Beyonce sitting near the Nets bench, were shown on the overhead scoreboard.
Reggie Evans finished with 14 rebounds for the Nets.
NOTES: The Nets have won six straight at home for the first time since December 2003. They started 18-1 at home in 2002-03. ... The teams meet three times in the next 3½ weeks. The Knicks return to Brooklyn on Dec. 11 and host the Nets on Dec. 19. ... With Kidd out, the Knicks started Kurt Thomas — and actually got older. Kidd will turn 40 in March. Thomas, the league’s oldest player, turned 40 in October. ... Anthony (10.9 ppg) and Lopez (7.9) entered as the NBA’s top two first-quarter scorers. Anthony had only four points, while Lopez scored eight.