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Raptors outlast Nets to even the series

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 28th, 2014

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DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.

Amir Johnson had 17 points for the Raptors, who started fast, gave up all of a 17-point lead, then shut the Nets down over the final 5 minutes to snap a 13-game road losing streak in the playoffs that went back 13 years.

About 2,000 fans filled Maple Leaf Square, which has been renamed Jurassic Park during the playoff series, to cheer on their Raptors. The crowd erupted as the clock counted down to the final seconds of the game.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Toronto, with the series now guaranteed a return to Brooklyn on Friday for Game 6.

Paul Pierce scored 22 points for the Nets, who were 3 for 17 in the fourth quarter and didn’t have a field goal after Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left gave them a 77-73 lead.

With files from The Associated Press

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