Joe Johnson leads Nets past Raptors to end five-game skid
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Joe Johnson scored 23 points and Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Brooklyn Nets past Toronto Raptors 94-88 Wednesday.
Brooklyn trailed 45-37 at the half after shooting 36 percent (13 of 36) and committing 11 turnovers in theopening two quarters.
But Deron Williams helped turn things around, huddling his team together on the court before the game resumed.
The Nets then made 6-of-8 three-pointers in the third and outscored Toronto 31-19, to begin the fourth with a 68-64 lead.
A couple of three-pointers pushed the Nets lead to 74-66. After Toronto’s John Lucas III made a pull-up jumpshot, the Nets replied with an 8-0 run to open a 82-68 lead with 7:42 remaining.
The win ended the Nets’ five game skid.
“I thought their talent took over,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “They hit some tough 3s that broke our back.”
Ed Davis matched his career high with 24 points and added 12 rebounds, while Jose Calderon had 10 points and 15 assists. Rookie Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for the Raptors, who have lost six straight and 12 of 13.
Toronto had just nine players available.