TORONTO - Drake Night was a rousing success off the court and DeMar DeRozan made sure it also was a solid night on the hardwood as well Saturday.
In front of an amped-up, noisy sellout crowd, the Raptors put more distance on second-place Brooklyn with a 96-80 win over the Nets.
Brooklyn came in on a five-game winning streak, but minus Kevin Garnett, who was being rested a night after beating Miami in double-overtime.
DeRozan led the way with 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Kyle Lowry added 12 points and six assists and Patrick Patterson and John Salmons, who both came over in the Rudy Gay deal, were superb as well.