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Pitiful Nets head north to face Raptors

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets will try to halt a five-game losing streak on Tuesday night when they head north to take on the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The Nets have been simply dreadful. They've dropped eight of their last nine with the only victory coming in Phoenix 11 days ago.

The most recent setback came Sunday night at home against the Detroit Pistons. The Nets blew a seven-point halftime lead when they lost the third quarter, 34-15.

To start the final quarter, Nets coach Jason Kidd left his bench players on the floor instead of the heavily ballyhooed starters.

"They deserved to play. I should have let them play the whole game or the whole quarter," Kidd told the New York Daily News. "They're playing, you know, for one another. It's not perfect but that group that gave us an opportunity by cutting it to eight."

Paul Pierce seemed angered by the decision, but Kevin Garnett summed it up best.

"If we're not carrying our weight, then obviously (Kidd) is going to put somebody in that is. It's tough times right now," he said. "I think everybody here is embarrassed."

With Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko all sidelined against the Pistons, Joe Johnson led the way with 34 points. Pierce had 19 and Andray Blatche managed 10 points.

Williams, Lopez and Kirilenko are all expected to miss the Raptors game, while Terry could return.

The Raptors have won two straight, and, despite a sub .500 record, lead the woeful Atlantic Division by a single game over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets are only three behind.

The Raptors picked up their most recent win with a 96-88 victory over the Washington Wizards at home on Friday.

Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 17 points apiece. Amir Johnson managed 14 points, while Kyle Lowry chipped in 12 points, nine assists and three steals.

Jonas Valanciunas registered a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Terrance Ross scored 11 off the bench.

The Raptors should have everyone available on Tuesday, although a flu bug ravaged the team at practice.

"It's going around," said head coach Dwane Casey. "It's part of the NBA."

The Nets won three of four last season, but have dropped 10 of their last 14 in Toronto.

11/26 10:22:46 ET

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