banner

NBA

more stats

Nets, Raptors visit Brooklyn for Game 3

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets return to the Barclays Center on Friday night and will try and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Toronto Raptors.

Brooklyn took Game 1 in Toronto on Saturday, then the Raptors, the Atlantic Division champions, knotted the quarterfinal set with a 100-95 victory Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

Now the series shifts to Brooklyn where the Nets have won three of four meetings since the team moved to the New York borough before last season. Toronto did earn a tough one-point victory at the Barclays Center on Jan. 27.

"We've got to expect that it's [going to be] a hostile crowd, as it should be," Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan said. "It's on their home floor. It's like that when we play at home, too. We understand that."

In Game 2, DeRozan shook off a 3-for-13 shooting performance from Game 1 with 30 points to lead the Raptors. He buried a pair of clutch jumpers late, with the first breaking an 85-85 tie with 2:45 left and the next extending the lead to four on the ensuing possession.

"Brooklyn did a heck of a job on DeMar in Game 1, but we made adjustments to get him open looks," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

Amir Johnson aided Toronto's cause with 16 points and nine rebounds, with Jonas Valanciunas posting 15 points and 14 boards in the Raptors' first playoff win since 2008.

Joe Johnson paced the Nets with 18 points and Deron Williams netted 15 in the loss. Paul Pierce, who scored nine points in the final three minutes in Brooklyn's 94-87 Game 1 triumph, managed just seven while going 2-of-11 from the field.

Crunch time in Game 1 belonged to the future Hall of Famer in Pierce. In Game 2, it was Toronto's All-Star, DeRozan. He poured in 17 fourth-quarter points despite picking up his fifth foul with 7:13 remaining.

DeRozan drained a pull-up 20-footer to put the Raptors up 87-85 with under three minutes to go, then sank a tough fall-away shot moments later after Pierce misfired on the other end for a four-point edge.

Brooklyn hung tough and got within two on three occasions, most notably when Pierce converted a 3-point play with 59.7 seconds left to cut the lead to 92-90.

DeRozan then lost the ball out of bounds for Toronto's 21st turnover of the night, but Pierce missed a good look from beyond the arc on the Nets' next trip. The Raptors grabbed the rebound and DeRozan was fouled with 20.6 seconds to go, hitting both to make it a 94-90 game.

After the teams traded baskets, Pierce missed another 3-point try before DeRozan sealed it with two more free throws with 11.9 seconds showing.

"Paul had a chance to make a shot, it didn't go in," Nets coach Jason Kidd remarked. "Toronto made stops, but Saturday we made the stops. Whoever gets the stops will win the game."

Kyle Lowry scored 14 for the Raptors, followed by 12 from Patrick Patterson and 11 out of Greivis Vasquez.

Mirza Teletovic netted 14 off the bench for the Nets. Kevin Garnett chipped in 13 in 19:04 of action and Shaun Livingston had 12.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Brooklyn.

04/25 10:35:54 ET

Other Stories

  • The Logan Zone

    Today at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Washington at Philadelphia

    Today at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at New England

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Seattle

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Green Bay at Detroit

    Today at 1:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Columbus

    Today at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Kansas City at Baltimore

    Today at 4:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Pittsburgh

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
Final
BAL 7
BOS 2
Final
PIT 0
MIL 1
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
Final
MIN 3
CLE 7
Final
ATL 2
NYM 4
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
STL 8
CIN 4
Final
SDP 3
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
TEX 5
1:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
BOS
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
ATL
NYM
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
CWS
 
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
SEA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
TEX
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
Final
TOL 34
BST 23
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
 
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
Final
ARKST 21
UTST 14
Final
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
Final
WVU 33
OKLA 45
Final
VANDY 34
SCAR 48
Final
NEB 41
MIAMI 31
Final
NMST 35
NMU 38
Final
HOU 47
UNLV 14
Final
FSU 23
CLEM 17
Final
ARZ 49
CAL 45
 
Final
ORST 28
SDST 7
Final
WASU 31
OREG 38
Final
BSU 34
LALAF 9
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
1:00pm Today
STL
DAL
1:00pm Today
DET
GBP
1:00pm Today
NYG
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
IND
1:00pm Today
NOS
MIN
1:00pm Today
NEP
OAK
1:00pm Today
BUF
SDC
1:00pm Today
CIN
TEN
1:00pm Today
PHI
WAS
4:05pm Today
ARI
SFX
4:25pm Today
SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0