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Do the Nets rate? YES, they do

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to shoot over Gerald Wallace during a game at Barclays Center. (Feb. 5, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tuesday’s Lakers-Nets game averaged 3.08 percent of area homes and 299,000 viewers – the best such figures for a regular-season Nets game in YES’ history.

Those numbers peaked at 4.47 percent and 451,000 from 9:45 to 10 p.m., heights that would have been unimaginable in the pre-Brooklyn era.

(For comparison purposes, Yankees games on YES averaged a 3.92 rating in 2012, the lowest since 2003.)

Through the season’s first 43 Nielsen-rated games, YES’ average Nets rating is up 150 percent compared to last year - 200 percent in the important demographic of men ages 25-54.

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