Last Night the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors to win game three and take a two games to one lead in their first round series.
After splitting the first two games of the series in Toronto, the Nets had chance to take control of the series on their home floor, and on Saturday night they did just that with a 102-98 win at the Barclays Center.
This was not a textbook display of basketball, particularly late, for the Nets, but the result is that matters come playoff time, and they got the one they needed. In the final minuted the Nets missed numerous free throws with an opportunity to put the game away, including two in a row by Deron Williams. Williams had a stellar game otherwise however, shooting 7-14 from the floor en route to racking up 22 points and 8 assists on the night. The Nets were lead by Joe Johnson’s 29 points, but Williams was the team’s best player last night.
The Nets, again, failed to corral the Raptors’ best player, DeMar DeRozan, who went off for 30 points for the second consecutive game, and also pitched in 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the game.
The Nets will need to clean up their game if they want to advance deep into the playoffs, and they will have to find a way to contain DeRozan if they want to dispatch of the Raptors in this round, but, despite sloppy play, they are up 2-1 in the series, and if they can handle business at home during Sunday nights clash in Brooklyn they will have a stranglehold on the series that will be very tough for Toronto to overcome.