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Game Recap: Raptors 87 — Nets 79

The Raptors defeated the Nets 87-79 in Game 4 at the Barclays Center to even their best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Need to Know: The Nets trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half, but rallied over the second and third quarters to tie the game up entering the fourth. Toronto’s defense was outstanding down the stretch, jumpstarting them to an enormous victory.

Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 22 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field.

DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 24 points for Toronto, with Kyle Lowry adding 22.

Joe Johnson had just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting for Brooklyn.

Tonight’s loss was just the Nets’ third home loss in their last 20 home games.

Jon Presser, Contributor

Toronto had a huge first quarter offensively, scoring 35 points on 61.9% shooting in the quarter. A trio of Raptors scored in double figures in the opening period, including Amir Johnson, who shot 5-of-6 from the field for 11 points.

The Nets trailed by as many as 17 points early in the second quarter, but they rallied to end the half on a 14-4 run to get it back to just a 51-44 deficit by halftime.

Brooklyn took their first lead at the 9:05 mark of the third quarter, and it was a tightly-contested battle the rest of the way. Kyle Lowry made big plays down the stretch, and the Raptors made every 50/50 play in the final minutes as the Nets went ice cold.

It was a brutal loss for the Nets, and a gutty win for the Raptors, who got their first road playoff victory since May 2001. Now, this series comes down to a best-of-three.

What’s Next: The series heads back to Toronto on Wednesday for a pivotal Game 5.