Raptors even series with Game 4 victory in Brooklyn

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is defended by Nets guard Shaun Livingston (right) during the first...

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is defended by Nets guard Shaun Livingston (right) during the first quarter of Game 4 of their first round playoff series in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 PM ET

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Up against the wall, with a season that began more than half a year ago hanging in the balance, the Raptors responded and then responded some more.

In as gritty a performance as you'll see in today's NBA, the never quit, always punching above their weight class Raptors lived to fight another day, squaring this seven-game series with the Nets at two apiece.

The final was 87-79, but it was far closer than that. DeMar DeRozan had a scorching first half, scoring 20 of his team-leading 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 12 of his 22 in an inspiring second half and a resurgent Amir Johnson added 17.

Paul Pierce scored 22 for Brooklyn, 10 more than any of his teammates, as the Nets were held to 41.2% shooting.


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