Nets Hold Off Raptors, 104-103 in Game 7, Prepare for Heat
(TORONTO) -- Paul Pierce was brought to Brooklyn for veteran leadership and clutch plays this offseason and delivered in Brooklyn's 104-103 win in Game 7 against Toronto.
Pierce only had 10 points, but blocked Raptors guard Kyle Lowry on the final play of the game to punch their ticket to the second round of the playoffs with a matchup against the Heat on Tuesday.
The Nets were up 100-93 with under three minutes remaining after Joe Johnson nailed a jumper, but Toronto quickly erased that lead to give Lowry a chance to win the game.
Johnson finished with 26 points and Marcus Thornton added 17 off the bench for Brooklyn.
"I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Pierce said. "I saw him split the defenders, I saw him go up, I went up with him.
"I got my hand on the ball -- game over."
Lowry scored 28 in the loss and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 18 in the loss.
The Nets were 4-0 this season against the Heat.
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