Raptors drop Game 3 to Nets in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce fouls Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross during Game 3 of...

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce fouls Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 25, 2014. (ANTHONY GRUPPUSO/USA Today)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 PM ET

BROOKLYN - On a night where no one called out another team’s 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 didn’t 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.


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