In 29 minutes off the bench, Deron Williams had 11 assists and a +18 plus/minus, both game-high marks for either team. But two of his three turnovers came in the final 30 seconds, including the fateful pass that cost the Nets the game.
The loss dropped the Nets to 10-2 in the month of January, with both losses coming against Raptors, who snapped a five-game Brooklyn win streak both times.
After the game, Williams spoke about what went wrong on the ill-advised inbounds pass that turned what looked like a hard-fought Nets victory into a stinging loss.
[sny-box]"We didn't have any timeouts. Pretty much everyone was covered. [...] I kind of saw Joe [Johnson] open, but it was just a bad pass. [...] It's tough. It definitely hurts. [...] It's not my first time turning the ball over to lose the game, and it probably won't be my last. [We've] just got to respond on Friday."[/sny-box]
Had the Nets gotten the ball in cleanly, the story would've been how Paul Pierce's best performance in a Nets uniform propelled Brooklyn to victory. Instead, all the good that Williams and the Nets did to battle back against a tough Raptors team was overshadowed by the massive blunders that cost them the game.
The Nets had a chance to set a new season-high in consecutive wins, tie the Barclays Center arena record for most consecutive home wins, and get within a half game of first place. Instead, the Raptors were able to steal a close game, and put a little more breathing room between themselves and the Nets in the Atlantic division.
With the Nets off until Friday now, Deron Williams admitted it's going to hard not to sit and think about how this one ended for the next couple of days. Obviously you can't win them all, but it's always frustrating when you let a winnable game get away. Nothing left to do now except to just refocus and get ready to win the next one.