Raptors Hold Off Nets’ Rally, Take 3-2 Series Lead
(TORONTO) -- Kyle Lowry scored 36 points as the Toronto Raptors held off the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Toronto led by as many as 26 points in the second half, but the Nets made a ferocious comeback in the fourth quarter. The game was tied twice late before Lowry's three-pointer put the Raptors ahead for good.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 30 points. They scored 44 points in the final frame, but lost their final chance when Andray Blatche fired a pass well over Deron Williams' head into the backcourt for a turnover with the team down two.
"Shaun (Livingston) made a great play to keep the ball alive," Blatche said. "I tried to get the ball out to (Williams) so he could get the 3 and take the game home. (Lowry) ran out and was forcing me to make a tougher pass and I threw it in the backcourt."
The Raptors led 94-72 with 11:23 remaining, but the Nets scored 15 of the game's next 18 points to get right back into it.
"Every mistake you could think about, we made in the fourth quarter," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Game 6 will be played on Friday night in Brooklyn. If the Nets manage to win, they'll head back to Toronto on Sunday for Game 7.
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