Final Score: Brooklyn 101, Toronto 97
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston netted
18 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors, 101-97,
on Monday night.
Paul Pierce tallied 15 points and four steals, while Joe Johnson added 14
points for the Nets, who have won six of their last seven games.
"Our crowd was unbelievable tonight," said Pierce. "It was probably the best
I've heard them all year. It was a playoff atmosphere and they were really
Kyle Lowry had 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Amir Johnson
poured in 16 points for Toronto, which had its three-game winning streak
After Andray Blatche's turnaround hook shot tied the game at 94-94, Pierce
gave the Nets the lead on their next trip down the floor when he nailed a 3-
DeMar DeRozan sunk a pair of foul shots to cut the deficit to 97-96 and
Williams missed a layup at the other end. Livingston, though, stole the ball
away from Terrence Ross and then hit two free throws for a 99-96 Brooklyn
advantage with 22.8 seconds to go.
Lowry was off the mark on a potential game-tying triple from the right wing
with 10.9 seconds remaining and Blatche split a pair of foul shots to seal the
"They (Nets) have veteran guys," said Raptors forward John Salmons. "They have
guys that can hit guys in the clutch. They got guys that have carried teams in
the past. It's definitely a tough team."
Earlier, Ross put in 12 points in the opening frame as Toronto headed into the
second with a 30-19 advantage.
Brooklyn, though, outscored the Raptors 31-21 in the second, cutting the
deficit to 51-50 heading into the break.
The Nets led 78-73 after three.
Brooklyn recorded 18 points off 16 Toronto turnovers ... The Nets shot 48.6
percent (34-of-70) from the floor and 55 percent (11-of-20) from beyond the
03/11 02:22:14 ET
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