Final

Brooklyn wins series 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Brooklyn wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
Nets94Final
Raptors87
Game 2: Tuesday, April 22nd
Nets95Final
Raptors100
Game 3: Friday, April 25th
Raptors98Final
Nets102
Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
Raptors87Final
Nets79
Game 5: Wednesday, April 30th
Nets113Final
Raptors115
Game 6: Friday, May 2nd
Raptors83Final
Nets97
Game 7: Sunday, May 4th
Nets104Final
Raptors103

Nets 94

(44-38, 16-25 away)

Raptors 87

(48-34, 26-15 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    12:30 PM ET, April 19, 2014

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

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    BKN 29 21 17 2794
    TOR 21 25 16 2587

    Top Performers

    BKN: J. Johnson 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tor: K. Lowry 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Nets claim opener from Raptors as Deron Williams scores 24

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors.

    Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points, Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round series.

    Playing in his 137th career postseason game, Pierce connected on four of his five shot attempts in the fourth as the Nets kept the Raptors at bay.

    "You just get that feeling, you've been in those situations a number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter, down the stretch or in playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game."

    Nets coach Jason Kidd said Williams "set the tone" by scoring 18 points in the first half.

    "He came out with high energy," Kidd said. "I thought he was looking to be aggressive in scoring the ball. He got the guys off to a good start."

    Shaun Livingston scored 10 points and Kevin Garnett had five as the Nets won despite making 4 of 24 3-pointers.

    "We didn't shoot well from 3 tonight but we made up for that by taking care of the ball, good defense down the stretch, making plays offensively," Williams said. "That's why we got the win."

    The Nets turned the ball over nine times, while the Raptors had 19, leading to 17 Brooklyn points.

    "That was the biggest issue," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.

    Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Raptors.

    Valanciunas is the second Raptors player to have a double-double in his postseason debut. Tracy McGrady had 25 points and 10 rebounds against New York in his first playoff game in 2000.

    "He grew up today and that was huge for us," Casey said.

    Valanciunas also set a Raptors record for playoff rebounds by surpassing Keon Clark, who had 16 against Detroit in 2002.

    Greivis Vasquez had 18 points for the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan had 14 in his playoff debut, making three of 14 field goal attempts.

    "DeMar didn't have the best of games" Lowry said. "He'll bounce back for sure."

    The game was delayed midway through the third quarter when the shot clocks above each basket malfunctioned. Play eventually resumed with both clocks still dark, and the stadium announcer marking the remaining time at 10 seconds, then counting down from five before saying 'Horn' as time expired. The clocks remained inactive for the rest of the game.

    "It was definitely tough because you're used to looking up to see the time," DeRozan said. "We just tried to help each other out when the announcer called down from 10 seconds."

    In a written statement, Raptors ownership blamed the outage on a "signal path failure" that also affected the backup clocks. The team said new cables will be installed and inspected by the league before Game 2 on Tuesday night.

    Vasquez called Tuesday's game "a must-win" for the Raptors.

    Trailing by five to start the final quarter, Toronto tied it at 67-67 with 9:50 left thanks to a 3 and a fast break layup from Patrick Patterson.

    Brooklyn moved back in front thanks to four points from Livingston and a banked jumper by Mirza Teletovic, but the Raptors tied it at 73-73 with 6:25 left on Lowry's driving layup.

    Toronto led 77-76 on a 3 by Vasquez at 5:15, but the Nets replied with a jumper by Johnson, a turnaround jumper by Garnett and a 3 by Pierce to lead 82-76 with 2:58 remaining. Garnett's basket was his first made field goal in five tries.

    Kidd said Pierce's assist on Garnett's basket was indicative of Brooklyn's collective trust.

    "That just symbolized who we are as a team, that we trust one another no matter what someone is shooting from the floor, how someone is playing, that we all trust that someone is going to step up and make a shot," Kidd said.

    Pierce added two more baskets on either side of a 3 by Vasquez, and the Nets sealed it with six free throws in the final 22 seconds.

    Game notes


    Kidd was asked before the game to explain why he had shaved his beard. "I thought it would be a nice thing to do to start the playoffs," Kidd said. ... Raptors GM Masai Ujiri used a profanity about Brooklyn in a pregame address to fans watching outside the arena. Ujiri said he was "just trying to get our fans going." ... Rapper Drake and former Raptors guard Alvin Williams attended the game.

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    Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter on 4-for-5 shooting. Seven of those nine points were scored when Patrick Patterson was the primary defender.
    The Nets were 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) from the 3-point line Saturday, tied for the fourth-lowest 3-point field goal percentage by a winning team in the playoffs in the last 25 seasons (minimum 20 attempts). It's also the fourth-lowest 3-point percentage by the Nets in a playoff win in the last 25 seasons.
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    The Raptors scored half of their transition points in the fourth quarter and took a 76-75 lead on a Greivis Vasquez transition three with just over five minutes to play. The Raptors were in transition 10.1% of the time during the regular season, last in the NBA, but missed only one transition shot on Saturday.
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    DeMar DeRozan was 3-for-13 from the floor Saturday, including 1-for-9 on jump shots. DeRozan averaged 9.6 points per game on jump shots during the regular season, tied for seventh best in the NBA.
    Point spreads for today/tonight's NBA playoff games at LVH: Raptors -3.5 over Nets (WAS Raptors -2.5) Thunder -7.5 over Grizzlies (WAS Thunder -7) Pacers -7.5 over Hawks (WAS Pacers -7) Clippers -7 over Warriors
    The Raptors got 16 points from their bench in the 1st half. During the regular season, the Raptors were 28th in bench scoring (26.2 PPG).
    Kevin Garnett was held scoreless in a 1st half for the first time in his playoff career (132 games).
    Flashback opportunity for the Eastern Conference... The last time the Wizards and Raptors were in the playoffs was both in 2007-08... It truly was a long time ago, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani were in Toronto and the Wizards were led by Gilbert Arenas, Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler... That season the Raptors faced Dwight Howard and the Magic, while Washington faced LeBron James and the Cavaliers...both Toronto and Washington got bounced in the first round too... Chris Bosh was the only player on both 2007-08 teams who is currently in the playoffs THIS season...
    Jonas Valanciunas already has a double-double in his first career playoff game. He is the 2nd Raptor to post a double-double in their playoff debut. The other was Tracy McGrady on April 23, 2000 against the Knicks. He had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.

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