The Toronto Raptors didn't have enough firepower to come away with a win in this one, falling to the Brooklyn Nets.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Nets 116, Raptors 103
The Raptors put up a good fight but ultimately couldn't come up with stops down the stretch to close this one out. Despite some high-quality defence on Kevin Durant (17 points) and Kyrie Irving (nine points), Toronto failed to contain Brooklyn's supporting cast as players like Jeff Green had a field day with 22 points and eight boards. Off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 points and six rebounds, Tyler Johnson chipped in 10 points and recently-signed Mike James had 11 points and eight assists.
For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry found his shooting stroke with 24 points on six 3s but they couldn't overcome poor shooting nights from Fred VanVleet (4-17 FG) and Pascal Siakam (2-16 FG).
With the win, the Nets have become the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot.
The Nets officially secured a playoff spot tonight.- ESPN (@espn) April 28, 2021
They're currently No. 1 in the East 💪 pic.twitter.com/rxbEuCucFO
The Raptors haven't been able to come up with stops in this fourth quarter, being outscored 31-18 with under two minutes remaining. Brooklyn leads 111-101 with 1:42 to play.
The Nets have countered the Raptors' end-of-third-quarter run with a run of their own, rattling off a 20-7 difference to start the fourth quarter to take a 100-92 lead with just under six minutes to play in the game.
End of third quarter: Raptors 83, Nets 80
The Raptors ended the third quarter on an electrifying 12-2 run to take a three-point lead into the final frame. Kyle Lowry (22 points, five assists) and OG Anunoby (14 points, six assists) are leading the charge for Toronto, while Khem Birch has also notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Blake Griffin has been terrific off the bench for the Nets, going for 12 points and six rebounds.
This play from the Raptors to close out their third-quarter run was a thing of beauty.
Frame this play pic.twitter.com/PxWz0yjbBB- Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) April 28, 2021
The Nets lead 78-76 with 2:48 to play in the third quarter. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have combined for just 19 points but the Raptors are having trouble containing Brooklyn's supporting cast. Jeff Green is up to 17 points while Tyler Johnson has now chipped in 10 points off the bench. Kyle Lowry's 3-point shooting - knocking down six 3s - has kept Toronto in the contest.
KLow definitely called that pic.twitter.com/XQPewDcaKR- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 28, 2021
Halftime: Nets 56, Raptors 52
The Nets are started to get easy buckets in the second quarter, scoring in the paint with ease. Blake Griffin (10 points) and Jeff Green (12 points) led the charge on that front, handling business inside. The Raptors have still done a great job containing Kyrie Irving, who has just four points at the half while shooting 1-for-6 from the field.
rule book says it's not an official Nets game until Uncle Jeff throws down pic.twitter.com/VJtFKM8Hfp- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 28, 2021
Kyle Lowry's 11 points leads Toronto, while Khem Birch has chipped in a reliable 10 points and seven boards. Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam are both struggling to get shots to fall, combining for 4-for-19 shooting from the field and 1-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half.
End of first quarter: Raptors 28, Nets 26
Defence was the name of the game in the first quarter as the Raptors hold a two-point lead over the Nets after one.
Khem Birch is making his presence felt early in this one, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one block in the first frame. Kyle Lowry has also found his rhythm from 3-point range, burying three 3s for nine points. Toronto held Kyrie Irving scoreless in the first frame, while Kevin Durant scored just five points.
That's that Khemistry pic.twitter.com/eBABdagohS- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 27, 2021
The Raptors have hustled their way out to an early 14-7 lead with 6:23 to play in the quarter.
HUSTLE POINTS pic.twitter.com/PmGhYycW9R- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 27, 2021
The Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Khem Birch.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/4YDPMoYXA1- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 27, 2021
The Nets will start Kyrie Irving, Landry Shamet, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.
Tonight's Nets Starting 5️⃣- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) April 27, 2021
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