In what turned out to be the game of the night, the Brooklyn Nets got 18 points apiece from Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams to defeat the Toronto Raptors 101-97 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The win cut the Raptors’ lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division back to three games.
This game was fantastic throughout and had an especially good fourth quarter that saw Paul Pierce find the fountain of youth. Pierce hit two huge three-pointers, one that gave the Nets a four point lead with just over five minutes to play and another that broke a 94-94 tie with 1:14 to go in the fourth quarter.
Pierce finished with 15 points while Joe Johnson scored 14.
Kyle Lowry was excellent, finishing with 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals, but he missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with just 10 seconds to play.
Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough each added 16 points for the Raptors.
The Nets are now 32-30 and the Raptors are 35-27.