The Least You Should Know
[sny-box] The Nets struggled through the first half but really picked things up to start the third quarter – opening up a 10-point lead at the halfway point of the frame.
The Raptors responded by closing out the quarter on a 16-2 run, and Brooklyn could not get anything going offensively until mid-way through the fourth. But Toronto again took control late en route to the win.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. He always seems to put up big numbers against the Nets.
Five other Raptors finished the game in double figures, including Patrick Patterson, who finished with a +40 rating. Toronto held a 49-39 lead in rebounding.
Paul Pierce tallied 15 points for the Nets, while Alan Anderson and Joe Johnson scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
All signs pointed to this one being a tough matchup for the Nets. The second of a back-to-back is always tough, but Brooklyn was coming off a double overtime victory against the Miami Heat and didn’t arrive in Toronto until 4:15 a.m.
They’ll likely say those aren’t legitimate excuses, but these guys certainly looked tired. They had a nice burst coming out of halftime but fell apart for the last quarter and a half.
The team had been doing a good job protecting the ball during its season-high five-game winning streak but was plagued by 15 turnovers in this one, leading to 20 Toronto points.
The Atlantic Division leading Raptors now hold a four-game edge over the Nets. Toronto has now won seven of its last nine games and is 12-5 since the Rudy Gay trade. The Raptors are also now the only Atlantic Division team with a record above .500.
Meanwhile, the Nets move to 1-6 in the second half of back-to-backs and 0-4 in games after an overtime game this season. And the winning streaks in the New Year and with the tie-less Jason Kidd have been ended at five.
Brooklyn heads across the pond for a Thursday contest against the Atlanta Hawks in London. Tip is set for 3:00 PM.