After losing at the Raptors 96-80 earlier in the month, this looked like a game that should have won. Paul Pierce scored 33 points, Andray Blatche had 20, Deron Williams had nine points and 11 assists and Kevin Garnett had six points and 11 boards. The Nets led 103-100 with 17 seconds left on the clock.
John Salmons scored on a driving layup for the Raptors to make it a one point game with just 12 seconds left on the clock. What happened after was not Williams and Jason Kidd's finest moments.
The Nets called a timeout and the ball was advanced to halfcourt. Williams was the inbounder and had no one covering him. The Raptors had studied what the Nets do late game situations like this. They realized they were going to try to get the ball to Joe Johnson in the backcourt. Patrick Patterson stayed with Johnson the whole way through. Williams still tried to force the ball to Johnson but instead his pass was intercepted by Patterson. Patterson then quickly gave the ball to Lowry who gave right back to him. Patterson pump-faked and got Mirza Teletovic in the air, which allowed Patterson to get open for an easy mid-range jumper.
Then after Patterson made his shot, the Nets did not have a timeout. They had just six seconds left on the clock. No player seemed to know what play to run as it did not appear Kidd had put one in place had this situation arise in the team's previous timeout. Pierce ended up taking a difficult three-pointer and just missed.
The MVP of the game for the Raptors was Lowry. He was fantastic with 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals. Center Jonas Valanciunas was a force in the middle. He scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Patterson finished with 15 points for Toronto coming off the bench.
On Friday night, the Nets will host the scorching hot Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.
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