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Nets rout Raptors to force Game 7
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets will have another Game 7 to amend for last year's first-round exit.
They got there by pounding the paint.
Deron Williams had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists and the Nets routed the Toronto Raptors, 97-83, in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
The Nets manhandled the Raptors in the interior over the first 12 minutes, posting a 22-4 points in the paint edge before taking a healthy 15-point advantage into the second.
Brooklyn, which outscored Toronto 48-32 in the interior overall, maintained a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the game despite the Raptors making a big run in the fourth.
After falling to the Chicago Bulls in a Game 7 last year at the Barclays Center, the Nets brought in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a trade from the Boston Celtics. They ended up with a roster worth over $180 million that features a total of 36 All-Star appearances.
But that may all go for naught if the Nets don't win Game 7 Sunday in Toronto.
Joe Johnson posted 17 points, Garnett provided 13 points and five rebounds and Pierce added 12 points and six boards for the sixth-seeded Nets.
DeMar DeRozan netted 28 points, while Kyle Lowry, who had 36 points in Game 6, was limited to 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting for Toronto, which hasn't won a playoff series since 2001.
DeRozan, who had 10 points in the first quarter, nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Raptors within 14-11 midway through the frame before the Nets used a 13-3 run to seize control. They tallied all five of their field goals in the paint during the burst, which was capped on two Pierce free throws for a 27-14 cushion late in the first.
Brooklyn led 34-19 after a quarter of play.
Alan Anderson netted the final four points of the half for the Nets, including a step-back jumper from the left baseline at the horn for a commanding 60-41 spread heading into the break.
The Nets led by as many as 26 in the third and took a 79-59 margin into the fourth. The Raptors headed into the final frame with a 22-point bulge in Game 5, but hung on despite Brooklyn tying the game in the closing minutes.
Toronto was unable to flip the script Friday. Lowry concluded a 14-2 swing with a triple to whittle the gap to 86-76 with 5:02 left, but it never got any closer.
The Nets shot 46.8 percent (36-of-77) from the floor, while Toronto finished at a 38.5 percent clip (30-of-78) ... Toronto went 26-15 at home, while Brooklyn was 16-25 on the road during the regular season.
05/02 21:54:03 ET
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