DeRozan scores 26 as Raptors beat Nets 96-80
- Article by: IAN HARRISON
- Associated Press
- January 11, 2014 - 8:50 PM
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Brooklyn 96-80 on Saturday night, snapping the Nets' five-game winning streak.
Terrence Ross scored 14 points, John Salmons had 13 and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 as Toronto won for the seventh time in nine games.
Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Alan Anderson had 13 for the Nets, whose season-long winning streak came to an end one night after a double-overtime victory over Miami.
Joe Johnson scored 11 for the Nets, who fell to 1-6 this season in the second game of a back-to-back.
After squandering a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the third quarter, the Nets missed six straight shots at the start of the fourth and went scoreless until Pierce made one of two from the line at 8:10.
The Raptors closed the third with an 18-4 run, then kept up the pressure in the fourth. Back-to-back layups by Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson gave Toronto a 78-65 lead with 7:24 remaining.
Brooklyn responded with six straight points, but Lowry hit a 3 and Patterson made consecutive jump shots to restore the double-digit cushion, putting Toronto up 85-71 at 3:46.
DeRozan scored eight points in the opening quarter, two of them on a breakaway slam dunk after a midcourt steal, and Lowry added six to help Toronto to a 24-18 lead.
The Raptors were up 40-27 with 6:16 left in the second before Brooklyn put together a 13-4 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Mirza Teletovic. After a Raptors timeout, Ross hit a 3, but Pierce was fouled with less than a second remaining and made both free throws, trimming Toronto's lead to 47-42 at halftime.
The Raptors went cold to start the third, missing their first six field-goal attempts before DeRozan connected on a jumper at 6:43. Brooklyn, meanwhile, started the second half on a tear, hitting four 3s in an 18-3 run that gave the Nets a 60-50 lead.
Sparked by 11 points from DeRozan, and five consecutive missed shots by the Nets, Toronto moved in front again at the end of the third. DeRozan connected on three straight possessions, including a 3 with less than a second left, as the rejuvenated Raptors carried0 a 68-64 lead into the final period.
NOTES: C Mason Plumlee made his first career start for the Nets in place of Kevin Garnett, who got the night off after playing 36 minutes in Friday's win over Miami. Plumlee fouled out with six points. ... Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle) missed his fifth straight game. ... Brooklyn's next game is Thursday in London against Atlanta. ... Toronto outrebounded Brooklyn 49-39. ... Rapper Drake, who is Toronto's 'global ambassador,' was honored with a Drake Night promotion. The Grammy winner announced the starting lineups, and his official DJ Future the Prince performed at halftime.
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