The Brooklyn Nets did not make a field goal for the final 6:11 of regulation. They did not score a point for the final 4:58. In other words, the Nets fell apart.
That was the difference in the Toronto Raptors winning game 4 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series 87-79 over the Nets. The series is now tied at 2-games apiece with game 5 set for Wednesday night in Toronto.
The Nets led 79-78 with 4:58 to play, but finished the game missing its last 5 shots to go along with 4 turnovers.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, who were both so good in-game 3, were both non-factors in-game 4. The duo combined to score just 17 points on 6/19 from the field.
Other than the finish and the fact Williams and Johnson did not play the way they’re capable of playing, the Nets actually had the same amount of rebounds as the Raptors and still lost. That hurts.
For the Raptors, it was 3 players in particular who carried the team to victory. DeMar DeRozan scored a game high 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and Amir Johnson had 17. No other Raptors player scored in double figures.
This game was the definition of a game of runs. Toronto came out of the gates soaring getting out to a 13-2 lead, and scoring 35 points in the first quarter. The Raptors led by as many as 17 in the first half. Brooklyn however, used a 14-4 run and trailed by 7 at half-time.
Brooklyn finally took the lead in the 3rd behind 8 quick points from Paul Pierce. The game was tied at 67 entering the 4th where the game was a back and forth affair until Brooklyn collapsed in the final 5 minutes.
The series now becomes a best of 3 with 2 of the games happening in Toronto.