DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 to even their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series at 1-1.
DeRozan had 17 fourth-quarter points last night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, while Toronto’s Amir Johnson added 16 points and nine rebounds in the game and center Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
“We were so anxious, we didn’t really execute our game in the first game,” Toronto guard Greivis Vasquez, who had 11 points and eight assists in Game 2, said in a televised interview after the win. “In the second game, we executed, we played physical, we matched their intensity and we got the win.”
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 18 points, while Paul Pierce was held to seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.
With the Raptors seeded third in the Eastern Conference and the Nets the No. 6 seed, the best-of-seven series resumes in two days in Brooklyn.
In other NBA playoff action last night, the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-85 to even their series at 1-1, and the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 101-99 in overtime to take a 2-0 series advantage, having won both games in Chicago.