Gerald Wallace missed his second straight game with bruised ribs, but that didn’t stop Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets continuing their recent good form, extending their winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night. They’re now 9-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, following a solid 113-106 win over the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center.
Both teams exchanged the lead during the opening twelve minutes and at the end of one the score was all tied up, with Deron Williams scoring eight points in the first quarter.
Brooklyn came out cold to begin the second quarter, and the Raptors took advantage, quickly building a ten-point lead. After injuring his ankle Kyle Lowry left the game, resulting in a 7-0 run by the Nets, which propelled them to a four-point lead at the half.
Lowry returned in the last quarter to lead a late comeback, but Brooklyn was able to hang on after dominating the opening stages of the fourth quarter.
Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson all scored over twenty points, with Blatche and Teletovic contributing key points off the bench. Five Raptors scored in double figures, led by Lowry’s 21 points.
Tomorrow night Toronto host the Bulls, while the Nets travel to the Atlanta to face the Hawks.