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Johnson scores 23 as Nets beat Raptors 94-88

  • Article by: IAN HARRISON
  • Associated Press
  • December 12, 2012 - 8:42 PM

TORONTO - Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 94-88 Wednesday night, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak.

C.J. Watson scored 16 points and Deron Williams added 12 as the Nets won for the first time since Nov. 30 at Orlando.

Former Raptors Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries both had big games for the Nets. Evans had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Humphries scored 11 points, making nine of 10 free throws.

Brooklyn bounced back one day after blowing a 17-point lead and losing 100-97 to the rival Knicks when New York's Jason Kidd hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left.

Leading 68-64 to begin the fourth, Johnson and Watson sandwiched 3-pointers around a jump shot by Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, putting the Nets up 74-66.

Toronto's John Lucas III made a pull-up jump shot but the Nets replied with an 8-0 run to open a 82-68 lead with 7:42 remaining.

The Raptors battled back late, with Ed Davis scoring five points during an 8-0 run that cut it to 90-86 with 17 seconds to go. Watson made a pair of free throws to push the lead back to six before a Nets turnover led to a layup for Lucas, making it 92-88 with four seconds to play. Johnson sealed it with a pair of free throws, capping a 10-point fourth quarter.

Davis matched his career high with 24 points and added 12 rebounds, while Jose Calderon had 10 points and 15 assists. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for the Raptors, who have lost six straight and 12 of 13.

Toronto had just nine players available. Amir Johnson served a one-game suspension for throwing his mouthpiece at a referee in Monday's loss at Portland. Guard Kyle Lowry and forward Andrea Bargnani, both of whom left injured Monday, were unavailable. So was forward Linas Kleiza, who missed his second straight game with a sore right knee.

Toronto announced during the game that Lowry is expected to miss 10 days with a partial tear in his right triceps muscle. Bargnani is out indefinitely with a torn ligament in his elbow and a strained right wrist, suffered after he fell awkwardly on a dunk against the Trail Blazers.

Bargnani and Lowry are second and third on the team in scoring, averaging a combined 31.8 points.

Toronto recalled rookie forward Quincy Acy from Bakersfield of the NBA Developmental League to bolster the roster. Acy arrived on a flight from California about 75 minutes before game time and was on the bench in time for tip off.

NOTES: The Raptors were also without long-term absentees Alan Anderson (left foot) and Landry Fields (right elbow). Anderson, who last played Nov. 10, is expected to return to practice Thursday. Fields, out since Nov. 7, is scheduled to see a doctor in New York on Thursday. ... Nets C Brook Lopez (sprained right foot) missed his seventh straight game but is expected to play Friday when the Nets host Detroit. ... This was the first in a stretch that sees Toronto play 11 of 15 at home. The Raptors opened the season by playing 15 of 22 on the road. ... Actor Michael K. Williams of "The Wire" and "Boardwalk Empire" attended the game. Williams, who was born in Brooklyn, is in Toronto working on the new RoboCop movie.

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