After losing game 1 to the Brooklyn Nets 94-87 on Saturday afternoon, the Toronto Raptors considered Tuesday night’s game 2 a must win, knowing they could not go to Brooklyn down two games. The Raptors came through, rallying for a 100-95 victory to tie the series at one.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, to lead the way. Kyle Lowry scored eight points in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Amir Johnson added 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Raptors got off to another rough start, falling behind 8-3 in the opening minutes. They quickly rebounded and built a seven-point lead in the first quarter and extended it to 11 in the second. The Nets got the lead down to six by halftime and took over in the third quarter, seizing the lead and taking a two-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter was fantastic, featuring seven lead changes in just over a three minute span. After Paul Pierce tied the game with a three-point play with 3:47 to go, the teams traded baskets until DeRozan hit back-to-back jumpers, giving the Raptors a four-point lead. The Raptors upped their lead to five after Patrick Patterson hit one of two free throws, but Pierce answered with another three-point play. On the next possession, DeRozan lost the ball out of bounds. Pierce’s three wouldn’t fall and DeRozan extended the lead to four with two free throws. Joe Johnson got a quick, easy bucket on the other end, but Amir Johnson broke free for a dunk to push the lead back to four. Pierce missed again and the Raptors came away with the victory.
The Raptors had to overcome another terrible night taking care of the ball, turning it over 21 times. They made up for that with a huge advantage on the glass, grabbing 52 rebounds to the Nets’ 30.
Johnson led the Nets with 18 points while Deron Williams scored 15, Mirza Teletovic had 14 and Kevin Garnett scored 13.
Game 3 will take place Friday in Brooklyn at 7:00 pm EST and the game is on ESPN 2.
Game 1: Nets 94, Raptors 87