The Nets looked like they came to give the Atlantic-leading Raptors a game on Wednesday night, but it was only a brief illusion.
Brooklyn opened the second quarter on a 14-3 run and grabbed a four-point lead on their home floor against their division rivals. But the Nets let Toronto recapture the momentum just before the half was out, surrendering a 16-2 run to give the Raptors a lead they would never relinquish.
"There were just a lot of unforced turnovers, a lot of uncertainty out there," said Shane Larkin, who started and had nine points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The loss was the Nets' eighth straight at Barclays Center.
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The turnovers are just killing this team. During Toronto's second-quarter run, the Nets threw the ball away three times and turned the ball over on a shot clock violation, all within a span of four and a half minutes. That's abysmal. It's one thing to go cold from the field, which they were, en route to a 39.7 percent effort. But to be so careless with the ball just shows a lack of discipline, which this team can ill afford. The Nets are is the bottom third of the league (20th) with 15.1 turnovers a game, and I see that number more likely to rise than fall as the season goes on.
It's hard to believe that these two franchises played that thrilling seven-game series just two years ago. But Brooklyn is just a shell of its former self now, while Toronto has thrived. What for one shining moment was an intense April rivalry is just the latest in a series of letdowns for the Nets, as they continue their slog through their very long winter.