Nets reaction: Brooklyn’s comeback bid falls short against Toronto

After an inspiring win on Tuesday, Brooklyn wanted to replicate the same result against the Toronto Raptors in the second half of a back-to-back. This time though, Steve Nash stressed how he wanted his squad to get out to a better start, since the Nets trailed the Pelicans significantly in the first quarter of that game. Of course, his team fulfilled his wishes and the Nets led by as many as 13 in the first half.

A big part of this start was thanks to Joe Harris, who went 4-4 from downtown in the first quarter alone. He ended the half with 12 points, as well did Kyrie Irving. Blake Griffin was up to 8 points while Bruce Brown had a near double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. This was enough to get a 58-56 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Raptors matched the Nets’ energy to start. They just couldn’t miss from downtown and they pushed themselves to a 18-point lead. It was a big hole for Brooklyn to climb out of and it took until the final minutes of the fourth quarter for Nash’s squad to get it to a two possession game.

The run that was led by Kyrie Irving (28 PTS, 11 REBS, 8 ASTS) and Bruce Brown (21 PTS, 14 REBS) fell just short and the Raptors picked up their second straight win on the Nets this season, 114-103.

Kyrie Irving has found his groove

Kyrie Irving has rebounded following a disappointing performance against the Miami Heat on Sunday. In the first end of the back-to-back against the Pelicans, his efficiency was through the roof, going 12-19 from the field on his way to 32 points. For Wednesday's game against the Raptors, he went 10-21 from the field to finish with 28 points. What made this performance stand out more though, despite the loss, was the fact that he picked up 11 rebounds and 8 assists in the process. It's great to see Uncle Drew bounce back big time following a loss he took to heart on Sunday.

The Nets can't avoid turning over the ball when it counts

Brooklyn turned over the ball 13 times versus Toronto. On Tuesday against the Pelicans, they had the same number of turnovers too. For some reason, many of these turnovers have been coming in the final minutes of the game. This game Bruce Brown had a huge turnover that led to a loose ball foul. In the matchup with the Pelicans, turnovers in the finals six minutes were a reason why New Orleans squeaked back into the game. The Nets have to take better care of the ball at the end of the game because in the finals minutes of any close ball game, this is when the battle is won.

The Raptors put an end to Landry Shamet's hot run

Landry Shamet has caught fire as of late and being a guy that the team really needs amidst all the injuries they're dealing with. In the game versus the Raptors though, he went 3-17 from the field and 2-12 from downtown. Brooklyn seems to now rely on the former Wichita State guard for a big part of the offense with this depleted roster.