Tonight the Brooklyn Nets were beaten by the Toronto Raptors 100-95 in Toronto to even their first round best of seven series one to one.
The Raptors prevailed over Brooklyn despite the fact that they turned the ball over more times 11 than the Nets, coughing the ball up 21 times to the Nets 10. The Raptors were able to overcome their turnovers by out rebounding the Nets 52 to 30.
The Raptors managed to outperform the Nets down the stretch, outscoring them 36-29 in the fourth quarter; something that was not the case during game one, and, frankly, I wasn’t certain that the inexperienced Raptors would be able to do against the proven clutch performers of the Nets.
The Raptors were lead by DeMar DeRozan‘s 30 points tonight. I was also extremely impressed by the play of Raptor center Jonas Valanciunas, a player I did not know much about before this series, but he continued his strong play fro the first game of this series by totaling 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Paul Pierce struggled mightily the entire game, shooting only two for 11 from the field and dropping only seven points on the night, after leading the Nets down the stretch to their game one victory. The Nets received a strong effort by Andrei Kirilenko, who did not appear in the first game of the series. His four points and three rebounds do not reflect the impact he had on the game. He was much more visible than his stat line would suggest.
The series moves to Brooklyn for games three and four.