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The Raptors went into Brooklyn and beat the Nets on their home floor, evening up their best-of-seven playoff series at two wins apiece.

In a game of runs that evened out to a tie game entering the fourth quarter, Toronto?held the Nets scoreless in the final five minutes of the game to seal the victory and reclaim home court advantage.

After averaging a team-high 23.7 points per game over the first three games of the series, Joe Johnson scored just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 4.

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The Raptors defeated the Nets 87-79 in Game 4 at the Barclays Center to even their best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Need to Know: The Nets trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, but rallied over the second and third quarters to tie the game up entering the fourth. Toronto's defense was outstanding down the stretch, jumpstarting them to an enormous victory.

Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 22 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field.

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As the regular season draws to a close these next couple of weeks, the NBA postseason is almost upon us. For the Nets, the postseason will bring an opportunity to write the final chapter in this roller coaster 2013-14 season.

Earlier today on the site, Brian Erni ran down the pros and cons of Brooklyn matching up with the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls. One of those two teams will in all likelihood be the Nets' first-round opponent when the playoffs get underway.

One way or another, I think that whoever the Nets play, it's going to be a fun series that has potential to be one of the better matchups in the first round this season.

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The major hype right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets is their search for a new coach.

P.J. Carlesimo did an admirable job on an interim basis, but assuming he didn?t lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference finals, his fate was pretty much sealed long before his firing.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King want to bring in their own guy, and that search is ongoing.

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Leading by 14 with 2:53 seconds to go in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Brooklyn Nets were in a perfect position Saturday to return home with the series tied 2-2.

But Nate Robinson had different plans.

The Bulls? reserve guard torched the Nets over the final stretch, which resulted in a 142-134 triple overtime win for Chicago.

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NEW YORK ? Joe Johnson was red hot from the field to start Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

If he kept up his pace from the first quarter, the Chicago Bulls may have been in store for a similar drubbing that they suffered in Game 1 of the series.

Joe Johnson (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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On Monday night, the Nets were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 90-82 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: Both teams were extremely cold offensively to start, but the Bulls managed an 8-2 run to open the game. The Nets did not make their first field goal until a Gerald Wallace running lay-up at the 6:48 mark. Carlos Boozer picked up where he left off in Game 1, knocking down a few tough shots early. The Nets played solid defense in the quarter with four steals and two blocks, which gave the offense some time to get going. Joe Johnson and Luol Deng each poured in seven first-quarter points, and Chicago led by three after the opening frame.

The Bulls increased the lead to seven to start the second quarter, led by an offensive spark off the bench from Marco Belinelli. But led by Kris Humphries, Brooklyn went on a 6-0 run to get within one. Three straight jumpers from Brook Lopez a few minutes later gave the Nets their first lead of the game. A 6-0 Chicago run put the Bulls back ahead, but a buzzer-beating three-pointer by C.J. Watson cut the Nets? deficit to one at the break.

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On Saturday night, the Nets defeated the Chicago Bulls by a final score of 106-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Skinny: The Nets opened the game on a 7-2 run led by five quick points and two blocks by Brook Lopez. Carlos Boozer then drilled back-to-back tough shots to get the Bulls right back in it, but a three-pointer by Deron Williams put Brooklyn up five. There was plenty of energy on both sides to start, but the Nets were relentless on the defensive end, holding the Bulls scoreless for the final 2:43 of the quarter. Lopez and Williams combined to score 22 of the Nets? 25 first-quarter points, and Brooklyn led by 11 after one.

Joe Johnson came out with the hot hand to start the second quarter, but he picked up his second foul early in the quarter, which forced him to the bench. The ?Bench Mob? looked a bit uncomfortable offensively, which allowed Nate Robinson to take over. But C.J. Watson responded with five straight points against his former team, helping the Nets open a 14-point lead. Williams and Lopez returned to dominate the pace of play, forcing Bulls? coach Tom Thibodeau to take a timeout. A 12-2 Nets? run increased the Brooklyn lead to 22. The Nets made 14 of their final 15 shots and scored 35 total points in the second quarter to take a 25-point lead at the break.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 103-99.

The Skinny: The Nets? regular starters started this one and looked rusty after having Monday night off. Brooklyn opened the game on a 4-of-14 shooting clip, which allowed the Pistons to take the early lead, but back-to-back dunks from Gerald Wallace put the Nets ahead. From there, the Nets went on a 16-2 run to close the opening frame leading by 11.

Andray Blatche scored eight points in less than four minutes to start the second quarter, allowing Brooklyn to maintain its double-digit lead. Will Bynum caught fire for Detroit, scoring 13 points in the quarter, to cut the deficit to seven. But Mirza Teletovic answered with back-to-back three-pointers, and the Nets led by 12 at the break.

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As we enter the final night of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the only thing left to be decided in the Easter Conference playoff picture is whether the Chicago Bulls?currently the fifth seed?will stay there, or if they will drop to sixth due to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets are the fourth seed and will host the fifth seed, but even entering the final night of the regular season, it's still up in the air.

The Bulls and the Hawks currently have the same record, 44-37. The Bulls own the tiebreaker, though, and last night, the Hawks made a curious decision and may have tipped their hand.

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New York ? The Nets are in Boston and are set to battle the Celtics in what will be the club's 78th game of the season.

It?s hard to believe, but after tonight, only four games remain in the Nets inaugural campaign in Brooklyn.

The club now sits comfortably in the fourth seed in the conference after the Chicago Bulls lost to the Toronto Raptors last night. The Nets are now three games ahead of the Bulls for the fourth seed. The Bulls, though, only lead the Atlanta Hawks by 1/2 game, so while the Nets are comfortably in the fourth seed, there is still uncertainty as to who they will square off against in the first round of this year's playoffs.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

In order to be successful, the Nets need Brook Lopez. And after missing all but five games last season, the concerns about his health were very real. That concern, though, extended to the rest of the team.

Heading into the season, the main key for the new-look Brooklyn Nets was developing chemistry, but health was a close second.

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