Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors got absolutely destroyed by Brooklyn's D'Angelo Russell during the first six minutes of the quarter. Russell went 7/7 on three-pointers and scored a grand total of 24 points in the period. Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 9 points in the quarter, while DeMar DeRozan added 8. The Raptors trailed the Nets 32-40.
Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, and JV combined for 18 points in the quarter, which accounted for more than half of all of Toronto's points. The Nets were led by Dante Cunningham and Caris Levert, who combined for 15 points. With 2:35 left in the half, Cunningham had a huge put-back dunk off of a missed layup by Levert. The crowd at the Barclay's Center erupted as he got fouled in the process, and he hit the free throw.Brooklyn outscored Toronto in the 2nd quarter 27-25. The Raptors trailed the Nets by 10 points headed into halftime, the score set at 57-67.
Toronto knew that they had work to do coming out of halftime as they trailed by 10. JV went off as he dominated the inside post for 9 points. Fred VanVleet knocked down 2 three-pointers in the quarter, while Kyle Lowry recorded 5 points and 4 assists. One suprise in the 3rd quarter was that DeRozan did not score any points. He leads the team in scoring, so it is a rarity when he doesn't tally any buckets. After a big third quarter, Toronto led 87-85.
The Raptors owned the 4th quarter of the game, led by C.J. Miles and his 12 points. DeRozan made up for his lack of points in the 3rd quarter as he dropped 7. Toronto was able to seal the win as they held the Nets to only 17 points in the quarter. The Raptors defeated the Nets 116-102 for their 9th straight win.
Jonas Valanciunas: 26pts, 14 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 11pts, 11 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 15pts, 7 rebounds
Fred VanVleet: 15pts, 4 assists, +/- 31
C.J. Miles: 12pts, 3 rebounds
Delon Wright: 10pts, 3 rebounds, 4 assists
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