The Toronto Raptors dominated the final minutes of the fourth quarter to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 and even their first round playoff series at two games apiece.
The Nets had a 77-73 lead with 4:43 to go, but the Raptors responded with a 14-2 run and scored the final nine points of the game.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 24 points and five rebounds and Amir Johnson added 17 points and five rebounds. Kyle Lowry, playing on a bum knee, made huge plays down the stretch and finished with 22 points and four rebounds.
The Nets were led by Paul Pierce, who scored 22 points and five rebounds while Mirza Teletovic added 12 points and five rebounds and Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams scored 10 points apiece.
The Raptors, in need of a victory, got off to a fantastic start, building a 17-point lead in the second quarter. The Nets, however, ended the half on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to seven at the break. The Nets then scored the first eight points of the second half to take the lead. In total, it was a 22-4 run. The two teams entered the fourth quarter in a 67-67 tie and continued to go back and forth in the final quarter.
Game 5 will take place Wednesday night