Grades from Toronto Raptors big road win vs Brooklyn Nets

The Toronto Raptors took advantage of some poor Brooklyn Nets play to pick up a win on the road. How did everyone grade in the win?

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Toronto Raptors - Patrick McCaw (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

After a dismal offensive performance against the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors were all systems go as they traveled to the Barclays Center to take on the 16-17 Brooklyn Nets, who by the end of the evening, would be further under .500 and drifting away from the big hitters in the East or would be evenly split after 34 games.

The Toronto Raptors, who were 23-12 heading into the game, were hoping for the former as they were looking to put a string of wins together to kick off the new year. Thankfully, for Nick Nurse and the Raptors, they got their wish.

Though, it didn't start too easy. The Raptors found themselves down by nine points at the end of the first quarter and were utterly incapable of making, just about, any shot that came their way. But, with the feiry backcourt of Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry leading the charge, the Raptors were able to assert their dominance in the next three quarters, even if they didn't pull away until the fourth quarter.

Their win was, in part, down to the number of turnovers the Nets gave up. Kenny Atkinson's team gave up 24 turnovers in 48 minutes, which lead to the Raptors scoring 32 points off of those turnovers. That, and the Raptors ability to crash the offensive glass, saw them take 30 more field-goal attempts than the Nets.

If that doesn't win you a game, then nothing will. Chris Boucher and Serge Ibaka were dominant on the glass, Lowry and VanVleet were on fire from deep, and the Raptors walked away with a win that maybe flatters them just a little.

Still, a win is a win. How did everyone grade?

Starters Grades

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Toronto Raptors - Serge Ibaka (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | Toronto Raptors
A
Lowry was at it again with 26 points on 6-of-19 shooting, along with four rebounds, five assists, and two steals. The Nets gifting him the ball and allowing him to work against a defense that hasn't set is a recipe for disaster, and he was able to push the tempo, as well as work off the ball, allowing VanVleet to take center stage. Lowry was great yet again, willing the Raptors over the line.
Fred VanVleet

Fred VanVleet

Point Guard | Toronto Raptors
A+
VanVleet was the star of the show for the Toronto Raptors, leading the team with 29 points and 11 assists, he left his stamp all over the game. It was the second half where he and the Raptors really took over though. VanVleet had 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the second half, picking his spots from deep and attacking the rim, all while creating for everyone else.
Patrick McCaw

Patrick McCaw

Shooting Guard | Toronto Raptors
C-
Bit of an iffy night for Patrick McCaw. He was a little more aggressive on offense than usual but gave up a wide-open three-pointer to attack the rim, and struggled to contain Joe Harris in the first half. After that, McCaw gave way to the bench and, in all fairness, it was the right move.
OG Anunoby

OG Anunoby

Small Forward | Toronto Raptors
C+
It's hard to fault OG Anunoby because his defense is just that stellar, but recently, that offensive side of his game has failed to impress as it did at the start of the season, and that's hampering him a bit. Seven points on six shots is nothing to brag about, but Anunoby did hit a big three, and as always, played tough defense.
Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Center | Toronto Raptors
A
Great game for Ibaka, who kept the Raptors close in the first half and was a big reason why they won the game. His ability to crash the boards was a game-changer, and he helped the Raptors to 20 second-chance points. Ibaka only played in 28 minutes but had 21 points in another double-double effort. DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen just couldn't handle his energy and he bossed Taurean Prince when switched onto him.
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Bench Grades

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Toronto Raptors - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Terence Davis

Terence Davis

Shooting Guard | Toronto Raptors
C+
Like nearly everyone on the team, Terence Davis struggled in the first half and accounted for 57-percent of the Raptors total turnovers, but in the second half, he was back to showing that composure that makes him such an interesting prospect. Not his worst game, considering, but he could have been better.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Power Forward | Toronto Raptors
A-
What a revenge game, of sorts, for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He showed that tenacity the Raptors want from him every night, coming away with four steals, wreaking havoc in the paint and playing tough defense all night. The Nets dared him to shot and even when he attacked a crowded paint, he still managed to follow it up with a couple of tip-ins. Thanks for letting him go, Brooklyn.
Chris Boucher

Chris Boucher

Power Forward | Toronto Raptors
A-
The Nets' willingness to play zone defense allowed Boucher to kill them on the boards, picking his spots in holes and using his length to cause panic in the paint. Boucher had seven rebounds in the game, and only one of them was a defensive rebound. Along with Ibaka, his length was a big reason the Nets were only able to pick up 34 points in the paint.
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Coach and Opponent

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Toronto Raptors - Chris Boucher (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse

Head Coach | Toronto Raptors
B
Good job here from Nick Nurse, even if most of the credit goes to the backcourt. He found success in smaller lineups, using Boucher and Hollis-Jefferson to disrupt the paint while trapping Spencer Dinwiddie at half-court. Nurse's willingness to experiment when the game needs a different flow is what makes him one of the best coaches in the league, and he helped the team find that extra gear to turn the game on its head.
Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets

(16-18) | Eastern Conference
D
Talk about throwing the game away. A turnover every two minutes is certainly a surefire way to hand your opponents the victory and that's what we saw. The Nets, after going up by nine points in the opening quarter, fell to pieces once the Raptors took advantage of those pesky turnovers. The return of Caris LeVert, while fruitful, couldn't provide the spark for the Nets and now they fall even further under .500. Maybe they do need Kyrie Irving after all.
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