The journey back to .500 comes one game at a time, and the Nets took their first steps Tuesday night, barely surviving a late push by the Toronto Raptors and surviving with a 102-100 victory.
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I have to actually root for the Knicks to beat the Pacers so that the #Nets will have a better chance at getting the 3rd seed. *sigh* -_-
— Julissa (@JULEZ_91) April 14, 2013
— NBA Ref Stats (@NBARefStats) April 14, 2013
— Meghan McPeak (@meghanmcpeak) April 14, 2013
Gerald Wallace is out for the #Nets. Keith Bogans starts in his place.
— Dime Alert (@DimeAlert) April 14, 2013
— Antonio Mckie II (@tonekeys) April 14, 2013
Tonight: The 47-32 Brooklyn Nets, on a quest towards 50 wins and perhaps a shot at the third seed in the Eastern Conference, are in Toronto taking on the 31-48 Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors have won four of their last five games, including a home-and-home (non-back-to-back) against the Chicago Bulls. The Nets have won four straight, the two most recent wins coming on the road against teams above .500.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle and Greg Anthony are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on Bloomberg Radio, and in Spanish on WADO.
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- #Undefeatedin2013 is the new mantra here in Brooklyn, as the Brooklyn Nets win their seventh straight game and open the new year 6-0 with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors, in Brooklyn at Barclays Center AKA The Black House.
The Nets unleashed a somewhat new brand of offense tonight, eschewing their usual half-court style for more deliberate possessions, more looks earlier in the shot clock, and more of a desire to push the ball down Toronto's defense. Though the exact pace number won't show it -- the Nets played an estimated 91 possessions tonight, barely above their season average -- the team played well above their season average in the first half before slowing it down a bit in the second.
The team, which currently ranks 29th out of 30 NBA teams in pace (only the New Orleans Hornets play a slower game), gave a universal response: faster, though not rushed, works for them.... MORE →
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Tonight: The 14-23 Toronto Raptors travel to Brooklyn to take on the 22-15 Brooklyn Nets, at 7:30 P.M. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Raptors are 10-4 in their last 14 games after starting the season 4-19, while the Nets have gone 8-1 since replacing coach Avery Johnson with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. (Incidentally, Carlesimo worked as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season with the Raptors).
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