Raptors win over Nets defies all logic

Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson gets defended by Brooklyn Nets centre Kevin Garnett and...

Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson gets defended by Brooklyn Nets centre Kevin Garnett and forward Paul Pierce during the first quarter in Game 4 at Barclays Center. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

In a brief 90-second window of basketball gone wrong, almost everything seemed to be disappearing for the improbable, impossible, unlikely, courageous Raptors.

Kyle Lowry, limping before the game, limping after the game, was rubbing his eyes, trying to see straight. “I couldn’t see,” he said after being gouged and fouled by Deron Williams. After the game, he said: “I can see, barely.”

DeMar DeRozan, who was hot early, cold late, and defensively tougher than he has ever been before, was getting his injured finger treated again, the blood evident and like the game, messy.

And just a few seconds later, Amir Johnson, who has been playing on one leg and one ankle and one huge heart, was prone on the court, with Paul Pierce on top of him, unable to get up without a teammates trouble.


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