The Raptors went into Brooklyn and beat the Nets on their home floor, evening up their best-of-seven playoff series at two wins apiece.
In a game of runs that evened out to a tie game entering the fourth quarter, Toronto held the Nets scoreless in the final five minutes of the game to seal the victory and reclaim home court advantage.
After averaging a team-high 23.7 points per game over the first three games of the series, Joe Johnson scored just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in Game 4.
Jon Presser, ContributorThe Raptors clamped down on defense down the stretch, and they kept Johnson in check using aggressive double teams to force the ball out of his hands. The Nets were unable to adjust, and a winnable game slipped away.
The Nets haven’t been overly reliant on any one player since they got back to their winning ways this year, but when Joe Johnson can’t get more than seven shots off, their offense takes a major hit. The Raptors had them discombobulated and completely off their game late in Game 4, and they can’t afford to let it happen again.
Brooklyn’s offense went ice cold in crunch time, as the Raptors had an answer defensively for everything the Nets threw at them. Dwane Casey pushed all the right buttons Sunday night, and now the onus is on Jason Kidd to make some adjustments.