The Raptors led by 26 points late in the third quarter and were
up 22 with 11 minutes to go but Brooklyn stormed back to tie it
twice in the closing moments before falling short. DeMar DeRozan
scored 23 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 16 and Greivis Vasquez
contributed 15 off the bench for Toronto, which will try to win the
series Friday in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half to fuel
the comeback for the Nets, who shot 53.3 percent and made 11-of-23
3-pointers. Mirza Teletovic added 17 points and Alan Anderson scored
10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, during which Brooklyn
scored 44 points.
Johnson delivered a 3-pointer with 3:18 left to finish a 29-7
fourth-quarter run and tie it at 101 and Teletovic had one of his
own to create another deadlock at 106 with 1:23 to go. Lowry
answered with a triple and then dribbled behind the back before
hitting a floater in traffic to make it 111-108 with 27 seconds
Anderson had his second four-point play of the fourth quarter to
pull the Nets within 113-112 with 9.7 seconds to go and DeRozan made
two foul shots at the other end. Brooklyn center Andray Blatche then
missed the second of two from the line but got his own rebound
before throwing the ball into the backcourt for a violation while
trying to connect with Deron Williams in the final second.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Lowry scored five points during a 13-0 second-quarter
run and hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to put Toronto up
62-44. ... Williams finished with 13 points, nine assists and four
steals and F Paul Pierce added 10 points for Brooklyn. ... Raptors F
Amir Johnson chipped in 11 points and six boards before fouling out
in the final minute.
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