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NBA: Raptors even series with Nets, win 87-79
East » New Jersey goes cold in the fourth quarter.
First Published Apr 27 2014 09:04 pm • Last Updated Apr 27 2014 11:30 pm

New York • DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

Amir Johnson had 17 points for the Raptors, who started fast, gave up all of a 17-point lead, then shut the Nets down over the final 5 minutes to snap a 13-game road losing streak in the playoffs that went back 13 years.

At a glance

Raptors 87, Nets 79

Toronto 35 16 16 20 — 87

Brooklyn 22 22 23 12 — 79

TORONTO (87)

Ross 0-1 0-0 0, A.Johnson 7-11 3-3 17, Valanciunas 3-3 0-0 6, Lowry 7-17 5-5 22, DeRozan 7-19 9-11 24, Patterson 3-7 2-2 9, Vasquez 4-12 0-2 9, Salmons 0-3 0-0 0, Hayes 0-1 0-0 0, Novak 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 31-75 19-23 87.

BROOKLYN (79)

J.Johnson 2-7 2-4 7, Pierce 9-14 1-2 22, Garnett 3-6 4-4 10, Williams 4-12 2-3 10, Livingston 3-7 3-6 9, Plumlee 0-1 1-2 1, Anderson 1-6 1-2 3, Teletovic 5-9 2-2 12, Kirilenko 0-1 1-2 1, Blatche 1-5 2-2 4.

Totals 28-68 19-29 79.

3-Point Goals—Toronto 6-23 (Lowry 3-8, DeRozan 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Vasquez 1-6, Novak 0-1, Ross 0-1, Salmons 0-3), Brooklyn 4-20 (Pierce 3-7, J.Johnson 1-2, Blatche 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Teletovic 0-3, Williams 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Toronto 47 (Patterson 9), Brooklyn 51 (Blatche 7). Assists—Toronto 15 (Vasquez 9), Brooklyn 17 (Williams 6). Total Fouls—Toronto 29, Brooklyn 25. Technicals—Valanciunas, Livingston, Brooklyn defensive three second. A—17,732 (17,732).

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Game 5 is Wednesday night in Toronto, with the series now guaranteed a return to Brooklyn on Friday for Game 6.

Paul Pierce scored 22 points for the Nets, who were 3 for 17 in the fourth quarter and didn’t have a field goal after Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left gave them a 77-73 lead.

Kevin Garnett had 10 points for the Nets, but Joe Johnson and Deron Williams were mostly non-factors in getting outplayed by Toronto’s backcourt. Johnson had only seven points on seven shots after averaging 23.7 points in the first three games, and Williams was 4 of 12 for his 10.

Pierce nearly carried the Nets without them, but Toronto put it together down the stretch to pull it out.

Garnett gave the Nets their last lead with two free throws with 4:58 left, but DeRozan made two free throws before Greivis Vasquez made a 3-pointer for an 83-79 advantage. The Nets had a series of offensive fouls along with their missed shots, and Lowry made a basket with 1:13 to go before closing it out with a pair of free throws.

The point guard bounced back nicely after the Nets banged him around in their Game 3 victory. Toronto nearly came from 15 down in the final 5 minutes to win that one, and carried that momentum into a quick start Sunday.




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