The Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors by a score of 97-83 in Game 6 at Barclays Center to force a decisive Game 7.
Need to Know: Deron Williams had a team-high 23 points (8-of-16, 4-of-10 from the field) to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
Brooklyn immediately set the tone and outscored Toronto 34-19 in the first quarter.
The Nets struggled from the field in the fourth quarter, which allowed Toronto to trim a 22 point deficit to as little as 10.
Alan Anderson started and had nine points, nine rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes.
DeMar Derozan led the way for Toronto with 28 points.
Brian ErniVery interesting decision by Kidd to start Anderson, and it paid dividends. Double A played with electricity and it immediately set a tone, particuarly on the boards. Big effort, and if I’m Kidd, I’d be tempted to go with this lineup once again on Sunday…Well, Pierce and Garnett may not have been on the floor in crunch time in Game 5, but they were tonight, and thankfully so. The Raptors were starting to whittle away Brooklyn’s big lead, and even though it stayed tense, the team seemed to calm down once the vets checked in. Nice job handling the rotations by Coach Kidd…Scary moment when D-Will went down in the third, as it looked like he rolled his left ankle while driving to the hoop and taking contact. Williams was able to walk it off, however, stayed in the game, and hit a few big shots down the stretch to ice this one. Let’s hope the ankle responds well Saturday at practice…Well, let’s do this. Game 7, fellas. It’s redemption time. Let’s make it happen.
What’s Next: The Nets and Raptors will meet in the deciding game of this series on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.Tip will either be at 1:00 PM or 8:00 PM.