After splitting the first two games in Toronto (the Brooklyn Nets won game 1 94-87 and the Toronto Raptors won game 2 100-95), the first round series between the two teams shifted to Brooklyn for game 3 on Friday night.
The two teams played a very close and hotly contested first half and as the half progressed, things got more and more physical.
The Nets know they don’t have the size or the type of athletes the Raptors do (and Nets’ point guard Deron Williams admitted as much at half time Friday) so they are trying to be physical with the Raptors.
On one particular play, the Raptors’ leading scorer DeMar DeRozan went up for a dunk and he was met at the rim by Nets’ rookie big man Mason Plumlee, who tagged DeRozan across the arm.
The Nets own a 49-45 halftime lead, but DeRozan has torched the Nets’ defense for a game-high 15 points.