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Raptors' Perfect Storm Blows Nets Away

It was the statement game for a franchise--a chance to finally banish the demons left over from the Carter era, cement their lead on first place in the Atlantic and let everyone know that yes, they are very much for real. And Toronto stepped up and played a near-perfect game, sending the Nets back to Jersey for the break, four and a half games out of first. The Raptors had seven players in double figures--three of them off the bench, and shot nearly 60% from the field, including 55% from beyond the arc. Chris Bosh had a Kevin Garnett-like game, with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The Nets came close several times, the last time with little more than 8 minutes left when Boki Nachbar and Cliff Robinson hit back-to-back three's to bring New Jersey within four. The Raptors outscored the Nets 21-14 the rest of the way to win 120-109. The Nets shot better than 50% from the field and beyond the arc as well, with Boki Nachbar hitting for a career high 26 points and Marcus Williams and Eddie House going for 19. Carter had 17 points and 10 assists, but shot only 5 for 15.