Nets finish 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard’s quick shot went out and in. Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer went across the rim and spun out.

For Three 1/2 years, the Toronto Raptors had at all times discovered a approach to beat the Brooklyn Nets.

This time, not one, however two probabilities simply wouldn’t fall.

“Simply how the sport goes typically,” Leonard mentioned.

That allowed the Nets to snap an eight-game shedding streak general and a 12-game skid in opposition to the Raptors with a 106-105 victory in additional time on Friday night time.

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D’Angelo Russell scored 29 factors, together with six in additional time, and the Nets beat the Raptors for the primary time since April 3, 2015.

“Wanted that. Actually did,” Russell mentioned. “It was powerful. We knew what we (had) to do to get it. So now we simply obtained to maintain going.”

Jarrett Allen made the go-ahead basket for the Nets with a bit of greater than a minute left, their solely basket in additional time not made by Russell.

Leonard scored 32 factors for the Raptors, however Toronto couldn’t get a search for him on its closing possession and needed to accept VanVleet’s 3-pointer that simply missed.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 factors for Brooklyn, which had been usually falling quick throughout its shedding streak. The Nets had misplaced 5 occasions by single digits, together with three two-point losses.

Jonas Valanciunas added 24 factors for the Raptors.

The Nets led by seven with beneath 5 minutes remaining in regulation, however Leonard fed VanVleet for a 3-pointer after which scored the following six factors himself to provide Toronto a 96-94 edge with 2:23 to play. However his shot from within the lane rattled out with 7 seconds to play.

“Ball was out and in,” Leonard mentioned.

He then he blocked Dinwiddie’s shot on the opposite finish to drive OT.

Russell had the primary two baskets within the further session, Leonard made the following two, however the Raptors couldn’t get yet one more shot to fall and take a victory earlier than their schedule turns powerful.

“They scored 4 factors in concerning the first 40 seconds of the additional time after which we held them to 4 the remainder of the additional time. They ended up with eight however we didn’t do too significantly better,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned.

The Bucks now host Milwaukee on Sunday earlier than a four-game journey to the Clippers, Golden State, Portland, and Denver. The Bucks are second within the East and three of the West groups are among the many high 4 in that convention.

The Nets jumped to a 13-2 lead and had been forward 24-20 on the finish of Leonard’s 0-for-Four first quarter, however he got here again with 9 factors within the second as Toronto tied it at 53 at halftime.

“I simply tried to make it powerful for him. He’s an exceptional participant. Final 5 video games he’s been averaging 30, simply being aggressive and being himself,” Nets ahead Rondae Hollis-Jefferson mentioned. “Simply tried to hurry him (up), make him take powerful photographs, make him flip, make him decide it up, accept midrange.”

TIP-INS

Raptors: NBA assists chief Kyle Lowry had 11 however was simply 1 for Eight from the sphere for 3 factors. … The Raptors missed their first eight 3-point makes an attempt earlier than Delon Wright made one within the closing minute of the primary quarter. … Valanciunas made simply his 10th begin of the season, with Serge Ibaka coming off the bench.

Nets: Allen completed with 12 factors and 10 rebounds. … The Nets had misplaced six straight at house to Toronto.

LOWRY’S LAMENT

Lowry threw an excellent go to VanVleet on the ultimate possession however was onerous on himself afterward for his personal poor capturing.

“Simply obtained to play higher,” he mentioned. “I don’t make excuses. I don’t have any excuses to make. I’m simply not taking part in properly.”

NO PROBLEM

Coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned he had no drawback with Jared Dudley’s feedback after they blew a 23-point loss to Oklahoma Metropolis on Wednesday, when the veteran ahead criticized the workforce for its repeated errors in crunch time. Atkinson mentioned he revered Dudley’s honesty, including that at his urging the gamers held a movie session with out coaches throughout their off day so they may try to search out options themselves.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Milwaukee on Sunday night time.

Nets: Go to New York on Saturday night time.

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