We’ll see you on Sunday in Toronto. The Brooklyn Nets won the game they had to win, beating the Toronto Raptors 97-83 to force a Game 7.
Deron Williams, who was the subject of much criticism for his performance in games 4 and 5, was brilliant in this one scoring a team high 23 points despite injuring his ankle in the 3rd quarter. Williams was noticeably limping, but his play didn’t suffer. It appears it will be all systems go for Williams come Sunday.
The Nets came out on fire after scoring 44 points in the 4th quarter of game 5. Brooklyn dropped 34 first quarter points, and led by 15 after one. The Nets hot play continued in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and the team had a 20-point lead entering the final frame.
Unlike what the Nets did in game 5, the Raptors only got as close as 10 points. Aside from DeMar DeRozan who scored a game-high 28 points, no other Raptors player played particularly well.
Kyle Lowry had only 11 points on 4/16 from the field after his stellar 36-point performance in game 5. Amir Johnson scored just 4 points, Jonas Valanciunas had his worst game of the series with 9 points and 9 rebounds, and Grevis Vasquez scored 9 points off the bench.
For the Nets, Joe Johnson was his efficient self scoring 17, and Paul Pierce responded with a strong 12-point performance. Along with Deron Williams bounce back performance, the keys to the Nets win were due to the play of Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche.
Garnett easily played his best game of the series scoring 13 points and adding 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Blatche, who took all of Mason Plumlee’s minutes, had 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
One change Jason Kidd made for this game was starting Alan Anderson who had a strong 4th quarter in game 5 over Shaun Livingston. Anderson had 9 points and Livingston had 6.
This was a game where the Nets were the more desperate team, and they played like it. Expect a much stronger performance from the Raptors in what should be a thrilling game 7 on Sunday afternoon.
**Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Drake were all sitting court-side at Barclays Center.