DeMar DeRozan powers Raptors in ripping burned out Nets

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points while Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds to fuel the Toronto Raptors in ripping the Brooklyn Nets 96-80 Saturday at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors were up 40-27 with 6:16 left before the Nets answered with a 13-4 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Mirza Teletovic to cut the lead to 47-42.

The Nets continued their streak in the third, hitting four 3-pointers in an 18-3 run as the Raptors missed their first six field goal atempts to grab a 60-50 lead.

DeRozan closed the last 4:09 of the third with nine points to lead an 18-4 Raptors run in overtaking the Nets 68-64 at the end of the period.

Back-to-back layups by Amir Johnson and Patterson gave Toronto a 78-65 lead with 7:24 remaining.

Lowry’s 3-pointer and consecutive Petterson jumpers gave the Raptors an 85-71 advantage with 3:46 to go.

Paul Pierce scored 15 points and Alan Anderson had 13 to lead Nets, who arrived in Toronto in the wee hours of the morning after playing two extra periods in Friday’s big win over the Miami Heat.

“Guys were definitely tired from last night, getting in late,” said guard Joe Johnson, who had 11 points for the Nets.

Already without injured guard Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett got the night off after playing 36 minutes against the Heat.

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