Toronto Raptors fall to Nets in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors power...

Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton drives to the basket past Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson at the Barclays Center in New York, March 10, 2014. (ADAM HUNGER/USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

NEW YORK - Don’t believe for a second that Kyle Lowry doesn’t make a point of trying to prove something every time he takes on Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets.

Sure, Lowry tries to prove himself every single time he takes the court, a product of his me against the world, always overlooked, always doubted attitude, but it’s personal against the Nets.

Johnson, laughably, was the final East all-star selection this season, Lowry, the most glaring snub. It was a reputation call and possibly a politically motivated selection.

Lowry showed again just how badly the East’s coaches messed up in not picking him for the mid-season showcase last month, blitzing the Nets in the second half and particularly down the stretch, a night after playing huge minutes on the way to a triple double against Minnesota, but, in the end, he was short on a pivotal three-point attempt and Brooklyn escaped with a 101-97 victory, moving within three games of the Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead.


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