Raptors survive fourth quarter Nets rally to even series

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – DeMar DeRozan scored 24 and Kyle Lowry added 22 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets, 87-79 Sunday at Barclays Center.

Amir Johnson added 17 points for the Raptors victory that evened their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

Amir Johnson scored 11 as the Raptors scored a franchise playoff-record 35 points in the first quarter, where they led by as much as 15 points.

DeRozan scored 10 second quarter points, including the layup at 5:39 that gave the Raptors a 47-30 lead, its biggest in the game.

But the Nets had nine unanswered points, with Pierce scoring five, to close in at 49-44 before a Patrick Patterson jumper made it a 51-44 Raptors lead at halftime.

The Nets opened the third with a 14-2 run to take a 58-53 lead.

It was back-and-forth the rest of the quarter that ended at 67-all.

After Kevin Garnett’s two free throws with 4:58 left gave the Nets a 79-78 lead, the Raptors scored nine while keeping the Nets scoreless the rest of the way.

Paul Pierce top scored for the Nets with 22.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Toronto.

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