Nets 102, Raptors 100

Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- Center Andray Blatche scored 24 points as the Brooklyn Nets snapped a five-game losing streak Friday when they held on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 102-100.
Toronto forward Amir Johnson missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out in the fourth quarter.
Guard Joe Johnson added 21 points for the Nets (4-10), who won for the first time since they beat the Phoenix Suns in overtime Nov. 15.
Forward Paul Pierce added 16 points and forward Kevin Garnett scored 12 for Brooklyn
Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 27 to lead the Raptors, who had won two in a row. Guard Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and forward Steve Novak contributed 12 points off the bench.
The Nets took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter. The lead was up to nine when Garnett made a layup with 9:21 to play in the fourth. Pierce hit a pair of free throws to put the Nets into a 91-80 lead.
Johnson hit a 3-pointer to increase the lead to 13 points with 6:35 to play. Blatche grabbed a rebound and scored on a turnaround jumper to increase the lead to 15. The Raptors cut the lead to eight when Lowry converted two turnovers into layups and Johnson reduced the lead to six points on a driving hook shot with 1:25 to play. Lowry made two free throws with 1:01 to play to cut the lead to 101-97 for the Nets who were then called for a shot clock violation with 35 seconds to play. Forward Rudy Gay made a 3-pointer and the lead was down to one. Nets guard Shaun Livingston made one of two free throws for a two-point lead and Toronto had the ball with 10.7 seconds left. Johnson missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer.
The Nets increased their four-point half-time lead to 10 in the first three minutes of the third quarter when Pierce scored five consecutive points including a 3-point shot. Novak cut the lead to three points with a 3-pointer with 1:37 left in the third and guard Terrence Ross brought the Raptors to within one with a jumper. But the Nets led 81-76 when Johnson ended the third quarter with a driving jump shot.
Johnson scored seven points of his nine first-half points in the final 2:15 of the second quarter to help the Nets to a 55-51 lead at the intermission. Blatche had 15 points to lead the Nets at the half while DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points at the half.
The Raptors led 28-26 after the first quarter after trailing by 10 points twice. DeRozan led all scorers in the opening quarter with 13 points and Blatche had 10.
NOTES: Nets F Kevin Garnett, who played his 1,336th game, moved past G Gary Payton into sole position of ninth place for career NBA games played. ... F Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms), C Brook Lopez (sprained left ankle), G Jason Terry (bruised left knee) and G Deron Williams (sprained left ankle) did not play for the Nets. ... Raptors F Quincy Acy (sprained right ankle) missed his third game in a row and is listed as day-to-day. Toronto F Austin Daye also was inactive for the game. ... The Raptors will continue their four-game homestand Friday against the Miami Heat and Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. ... The Nets return home to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

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