Nets 113, Raptors 106By Jim Hague, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Jan 15, 2013 10:20 PM EST
NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 22 points, and teammates Joe Johnson and Deron Williams chipped in with 21 points each, leading the Brooklyn Nets to their seventh straight victory, a 113-106 decision over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center. The win gave interim Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo a 9-1 record since he took over for Avery Johnson last month. It also allowed Brooklyn (23-15) to remain undefeated in 2013, having won all seven games in the New Year. Toronto (14-24) lost for the second straight time. Lopez went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, while Williams hit all eight of his foul shots. The Nets also received solid performances off the bench from Andray Blatche, who scored 14 points, and little-used Mirza Teletovic, who had 10, all in a five-minute span late in the second quarter. The Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including four straight 3-pointers. He returned to action after it was reported he was out for the game with a sprained ankle in the first quarter. Lowry had his 21 points in just 15 minutes of action. Amir Johnson and Jose Calderon scored 15 points each, and Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan had 12 each for the Raptors. The Raptors looked like the more energetic team in the early going, taking the ball to the basket with ease while hitting several outside shots. Davis had eight points and Calderon seven in the first period to lead the Raptors, as they led 19-14 with 3:34 left in the quarter. The Nets managed to draw even at 27-27 at the end of the period, with Williams scoring eight points and Joe Johnson adding seven in the quarter. The Nets got a huge lift from Teletovic, who sat out the prior two games. He entered the game with five minutes left before the break and scored 10 points, nailing three 3-pointers in that short span. Teletovic's burst gave the Nets a 54-50 lead at the break. Williams and Joe Johnson each hit a long 3-pointer that gave the Nets a 72-65 lead with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets then blew the game wide open with a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter, keyed by the play of three reserves, Blatche, Teletovic and MarShon Brooks. Teletovic made a block, Brooks pushed the ball up the floor and Williams fed Blatche with a behind-the-back, highlight-variety feed to give Brooklyn a 93-78 lead with 8:03 left. Lowry returned in the opening stages of the fourth quarter to bring the Raptors to within 96-88 with 5:55 left. Lowry scored eight points, including two long 3-pointers, in a span of just 1:13 to give Toronto hope. The Raptors closed to within 112-107 but could not get any closer, falling for the third straight time to the Nets this season. NOTES: Raptors forward Alan Anderson took an inadvertent slap from Lopez in the second quarter that knocked out a front tooth. Anderson was on the bench after receiving emergency dental work at the break. ... Nets power forward Gerald Wallace missed his second consecutive game due to bruised ribs. Wallace went down hard in the first quarter of Friday night's win over Phoenix after a nasty collision with Suns forward P.J. Tucker, and he has not recovered sufficiently to return to action. ... Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani has been out of action since Dec. 12 because of a torn right elbow ligament and a strained right wrist. The former No. 1 overall draft pick missed his 16th game in a row. ... Bargnani's backup, Jonas Valanciunas, is also out with a broken finger. ... ..Linas Kleiza was listed as day-to-day, but he was not with the Raptors due to a sore right knee. ... After losing to the Nets last month, the Raptors won 10 of their next 14 games prior to Tuesday. ... Amir Johnson was announced as the starting center for the Raptors, but he was removed in favor of Aaron Gray right before the opening tip. Gray finished with six points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.
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