GAME RECAP – FINAL: #Raptors 87 – #Nets 79

Updated: April 28, 2014


The Brooklyn Nets were defeated by the Toronto Raptors by a score of 87-79  in Brooklyn to take Game 4 and even the series at 2-2.


The Raptors ran out to a 13-2 lead minutes into the game behind a red-hot Demar DeRozan once again.  Zero defense was played by the Nets and they down 35-22 after one behind 62% Raptor shooting.  Joe Johnson did his best to keep the nets alive with 11 points but Derozan  and Kyle Lowry each had 10.  Brooklyn came back with a 22-16 second quarter to only be down 51-44 at half in a miracle of sorts.

Paul Pierce opened up third with a 3-pointer and a layup as the Nets ran off an 8-0 run to lead 52-51 for their first lead of the game.  The Raptors hit only 1-16 to open third and Nets turned up the defense to take the quarter 23-16 and tie the game at 67 going into fourth. The fpourth quater was a disiaster for the Nets as the offense was stagnant and in the last five minutes, the Nets missed two jumpers, committed four straight turnovers, and then sealed the loss with a mind numbing 29-second possession that ended in a missed layup by Shaun Livingston.  The Nets were 3-of-17 from the field in the fourth quarter and were outscored 20-12.  Sad.

Brooklyn did not have a field goal in final six minutes and did not score again for the final 4:58 of the game.  Raptors win 87-79.

Momentum Changers:

The last six minutes of the game Brooklyn did not score a single field goal which led to the loss.


The Nets have not been outscored by the Raptors in a 3rd quarter this season (Brooklyn has outscored Toronto 8 times and tied once).

Brooklyn is 22-for-88 (25%) from 3-point range in the series

Deron Williams did not score in the second half.

Pierce’s (22) – Teletovic (12) – Garnett (10) – Williams (10)


Kidd’s Corner:

“We found a way to win at home and have to bring that same energy on Sunday.” said Jason Kidd.

Kidd on the crowd tonight at Barclays Center:  “They were great for 48 minutes. We’ll need them Sunday.”

Kidd asked about D-Will missing key free throws:

“How do you know he was rattled?” Kidd said. “He’s human. It happens. We’ve all been there before.  Again, we got the win. Guys stepped up and made free throws. He missed a couple but we still believe when he goes to the line, he’s going to make the next one.”


Joe Johnson on fourth quarter play:

“Honestly, I think we got a little lackadaisical. We got up 15 and it’s very uncharacteristic of us to blow a lead like that” Johnson said.




NEXT UP: The Nets will be back in action Sunday night when they play Game 4 in Brooklyn against the Raptors.  The game can be seen on TNT at 7:00.


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