Raptors' pride takes beating in loss to Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (left) goes to the basket against Raptors center Jonas...

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (left) goes to the basket against Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night. (TOM SZCERBOWSKI/USA Today)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 PM ET

TORONTO - The Brooklyn Nets arrived in Toronto a beaten and broken team. But it was the Raptors licking their wounds as the Nets left town.

No, not from any injuries but just from the beating their pride took as the previously struggling Nets ran roughshod over them in their own building.

It wasn’t until the final 3 1/2 minutes that the Raptors looked like they even wanted to even win the game as they went from down 12 to get the deficit down to a single point with 20 seconds to go.

Kyle Lowry, who would wind up with 24 on the night, sparked the attempted comeback with a pair of steals and consecutive baskets. He then set up Amir Johnson for an easy deuce and after that found Rudy Gay open for a big three to get to within one.

Johnson then had to foul Shaun Livingston with 11 seconds left. Livingston hit one-of-two to make it a two-point game.

Toronto came out of the timeout. Gay drove the lane and kicked it out to a wide-open Johnson in the corner.


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