After the Brooklyn Nets’ miraculous comeback came up short in game five against the Toronto Raptors, it was win or go home for the Nets in game six. In the first quarter, Brooklyn showed that they were not ready to wrap up their season just yet. While DeMar DeRozan scored 10 points in the opening 12 minutes for the Raptors, the Nets dominated Toronto in the quarter. After scoring 44 points in the fourth quarter in game five, the Nets added 34 points in the first quarter of game six to take a 34-19 edge heading into the second frame.
Brooklyn continued to light it up on the offensive end in the second, as they extended their lead to 60-41 at the half. The Nets hovered around 60 percent shooting from the field, while the Raptors shot under 40 percent. The Raptors made some progress in the third quarter, but seven turnovers in the frame kept them from making up any ground on the Nets. Brooklyn outscored Toronto for the third consecutive quarter and took a 79-59 lead heading into the fourth. Neither teams have ever shown any quit in this series and game six was no exception. The Raptors went on an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter and with 2:21 remaining; they cut the Nets lead to 10 at 89-79. A three-pointer by Deron Williams would extend the Nets lead and the Raptors would eventually run out of time, as Brooklyn held on to win 97-83.
Williams led the way for the Nets with 23 points and 4 assists, while Joe Johnson contributed 17 points and 3 assists. For the Raptors, nearly everyone on the team struggled save for DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan scored 28 points on 8 of 18 shooting and added four assists. The only other player on the Raptors in double figure scoring was Kyle Lowry with 11. The Nets and Raptors have played a hard-fought physical series and it is only fitting that they take this opening round series to a seventh game. Add another to the tally of game seven’s in this year’s NBA playoffs, as the Nets and Raptors will put their seasons on the line on Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.