The Brooklyn Nets held off a furious rally by the Toronto Raptors win Game 7 104-103 and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Joe Johnson was the star for the Nets, scoring a team-high 26 points. After the Raptors cut the lead to five at 7:20 mark in the fourth quarter, Johnson took over, scoring 11 straight points for the Nets and finishing with 13 points in the quarter.
Marcus Thornton added 17 points and six rebounds off of the bench while Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with a game-high 28 points with seven rebounds and three assists. Amir Johnson fouled out, but before leaving, scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points while Patrick Patterson scored 16 points and added eight rebounds.
The Raptors cut the lead to two with 25 seconds to play and Deron Williams made just one of two free throws, giving the Raptors the ball down three. Lowry got to the basket to cut the lead to one. Shaun Livingston hit both free throws after a foul and Terrence Ross cut it back to one with another layup. The Raptors then stole the ball, with Ross throwing it off of Paul Pierce as he was falling out of bounds, and advanced to half court with a timeout. Lowry drove to the basket, nearly lost the ball, then had his shot blocked by Pierce, giving the Nets the win.
The Raptors got off to a quick start, but the Nets took over in the second quarter. Down 34-30, the Nets scored the next 11 points to take the lead. They extended the lead to double digits in the fourth quarter, but a buzzer-beater by DeRozan cut the lead to eight entering the fourth.
The Nets will now go on to meet the Miami Heat, a team they swept during the regular season.