Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors started off hot, with both DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas dropping 8 points. In addition, DeRozan had 5 assists and Serge Ibaka had 3 blocks. Toronto stuffed the stat sheets during the 1st quarter, which gave them a 7 point lead entering the 2nd quarter. Toronto led 26-19.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe of the Nets combined for 17 of the team's 25 points in the quarter. With 8:07 seconds left in the half, Toronto's Pascal Siakam performed a chase-down block on Caris Levert. Siakam spiked the layup against the backboard and into the hands of Fred VanVleet. The Raptors led by 1 heading into halftime, the score 45-44.
DeRozan and Valanciunas again led the team in scoring, this time combining for 15 points. Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson put up 7 points, even though he generally isn't considered to be a scorer. With about 6:33 left in the quarter, Nets' rookie Jarrett Allen posterized JV, which electrified the crowd at the Barclay's Center. After a last second three-pointer, Toronto led 78-71 going into the final quarter of play.
Nets' guard Spencer Dinwiddie refused to let his team go down without a fight, scoring a remarkable 17 points. However, you can call DeRozan 'The Real Greatest Showman', because that's the only way to describe his crafty finishes. With 1:33 left in the game, DeRozan spun through two defenders and finished with his left hand on a layup to put Toronto up by 4 points. Brooklyn eventually caught up with Raptors and tied the game with 9.3 seconds remaining. DeRozan missed the game winning shot, which sent the game into overtime.
After exchanging scores, the Raptors and Nets remained tied leading into the final minute of overtime. Kyle Lowry had to be subbed out with 1:09 after suffering a scary collision with Joe Harris. Lowry went up for an offensive rebound after a missed layup and he was met at the rim by Harris. Lowry landed hard on his back, and he was unable to get up under his own power after multiple attempts. Lowry was unable to walk to the locker room and had to be carried there by Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Nogueria. With 26 seconds remaining, DeRozan knocked down a running floater in which he was fouled on. He made the free throw, which gave Toronto a 1 point lead. On Brooklyn's final possession, Dinwiddie drove in and threw up a wild shot that went over the backboard, resulting in a turnover. Toronto defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-113.
The Raptors played excellent team basketball throughout the entire game, especially in 3rd and 4th quarters. Kyle Lowry was diagnosed with a lower back injury once taken to the locker room; hopefully it isn't anything serious. DeRozan took 30 shots, which is a little bit more than the coaching staff would like him to take. But in the end, those shots were the difference between a win and a loss. Delon Wright showed up big on the defensive end in crunch time. I would've liked to have seen a little more production than 3 points from OG Anunoby, who is averaging a little over 21 minutes per game. With that being said, Toronto had three players who recorded a double-double, which is something you don't see fairly often. Overall, I am very impressed with the Raptors performance in this game.
DeMar DeRozan: 35pts, 6 assists
Kyle Lowry: 18pts, 5 rebounds, 11 assists
Jonas Valanciunas: 21pts, 13 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 11pts, 12 rebounds
Delon Wright: 7pts, 5 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 7pts
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