BROOKLYN - On a night where no one called out another teamâs hometown and a passive crowd took a backseat to the action on the court, the Brooklyn Nets flexed their collective muscles and regained control of their NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.
It didnât come easy, although until about the final few minutes of the game it looked like it would, before the Nets managed to hang on for a 102-98 win to lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series 2-1.
The Raptors had to be feeling pretty good about themselves through the first quarter when the late-arriving Brooklyn crowd was a complete non-factor and Toronto seemed to have the edge in the energy department getting out to an early four-point lead.
It all started to go awry in the second quarter and the Raptors never had that good feeling again.
Not that they didn't come close to getting back to that happy place.