A Brief History Of The Nets-Raptors Rivalry

A Brief History Of The Nets-Raptors Rivalry

Game 1: Nets 102, Raptors 100

Kevin Garnett; Tyler Hansbrough
AP

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Tuesday November 26, 2013: First note: all four 2013-14 Nets-Raptors regular season games were part of back-to-backs for the Nets. So there’s that.

Second note: Hey! Remember when Brook Lopez was out but not out for the season? Or when the Nets started out the season 3-10? Or when Rudy Gay was on the Raptors? Or when Lawrence Frank was still on the Nets sideline? Or when Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack was still news?

This game feels like an eternity ago, but it did in fact happen this season. Brooklyn broke a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-10 on the year, thanks in large part to a solid all-around game from Andray Blatche and his 24 points. The 102-100 win was not without its drama as the Nets nearly blew a 101-86 lead with 5:22 to play. The Raptors had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but an Amir Johnson three wouldn’t go down and the Nets escaped the Air Canada Centre with a much needed win, evoking hilarious and much-needed relief from Jason Kidd.

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