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Raptors 104-103 Win Snaps Nets 5-Game Winning Streak With Buzzer Beater

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Brooklyn, New York –An All-Star worthy performance by Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had the Brooklyn faithful on guard all night due to his great all around play last night at the Barclay Center.

The Brooklyn Nets came in on a 5-game winning streak including a win over the Boston Celtics, an over whelming game for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to say the least. Pierce scored only 6 points in his homecoming game but certainly picked up it last night scoring an impressive 33 points.

The Raptors went back and forth with the Nets during the first half before finding themselves down by 2 points until Kyle Lowry made a half court, buzzer beater to give Toronto a 57-56 lead to end the first half. Lowry scored 20 of his 31 points in the first half finishing with 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. The numbers he has been producing lately is why many believe he should be included in the All-Star Game.

Toronto was playing without their leading scorer Demar Derozen but his absence was made up for by Center Jonas Valanciunas behind his double-double performance scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. His rebounding effort was very important because Brooklyn was into the action all night long.

The Nets needed to play well in the third quarter to stay in the game and thanks to the scoring barrage by veteran forward Paul Pierce, the Nets did just that. Pierce sank back to back jump shots including making 1-2 free throws which helped Brooklyn crawl back after finding themselves down 9 points in the third quarter. He definitely caught fire at the right time and surely redeemed himself after his emotional return to Boston the night before ending the game with 33 points and 6 rebounds.

Pierce had help in the second half being complimented quite nicely by his teammates Andre Blatche and Kevin Garnett. Blatche scored 20 points of his own and tacked on 6 big rebounds while “The Big Ticket”, Garnett, had 6 points and 11 rebounds. He also had an emotional return to Boston having had played there for 6 years alongside Paul Pierce and helped bring them a championship.

The fourth quarter was full of action and had the crowd on the edge of their seats. With a 100-101 lead, Garnett had the opportunity to give the Nets a 3-point cushion but missed his wide open jumper. Raptor Kyle Lowry sought to change things and give his team the lead but was to no avail thanks to a huge charge taken by Nets point guard Deron Williams, 9 points and 11 assists, with 19.8 seconds left to play in regulation.

The crowd jumped to their feet after the call was made in their favor especially after Pierce sank both free throws to give the Nets a 3 point, 103-100 lead. On Toronto’s next possession, Forward John Salmons made a quick and uncontested lay-up to bring the score within one with 12 seconds left.

Brooklyn had the opportunity to ice the game until when Deron Williams’ inbound pass to a seemingly open Paul Pierce was then intercepted by Power Forward Patrick Patterson. Patterson would go on to make what would be the game winning shot. Pierce had an opportunity to win the game with 3 seconds but barely missed his 3-point attempt which sealed the victory for the Toronto Raptors, 104-103.

This article was written by German Claudio Jr.

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