The 137 points by the Nets were the most since the double overtime classic between Jason Kidd and Steve Nash in December 2006. They scored 157 in that one but lost.
The Nets were up by seven with less than two minutes left in the third OT, but DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani hit tough shots to bring the Raptors within two with 47.2 seconds left. After Jordan Farmar and Kris Humphries misconnected on a pass, Leandro Barbosa hit a three at 20.6 seconds, giving Toronto the lead.
Then, Travis Outlaw, who finally lived up to his reputation as "Mr. Fourth Quarter", made two clutch free throws to give the Nets a one point lead. Bargnani, who finished with 35 to lead all scorers, missed a last second shot. Outlaw scored the Nets last eight points, blocked a Bargnani layup, held on to jump ball with Amir Johnson and grabbed a critical rebound, all in the last 2:37.
In a game with more than 25, ties, there were some extraordinary individual efforts. Three Nets finished with double-doubles, four with 20 or more points: Deron Williams had 21 points and 18 assists; Brook Lopez 34 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks before fouling out in the second OT; and Humphries, 20 and 17. Sasha Vujacic finished with a career high-tying 25. It was D-Will's fifth double-double in five games.
After the game, Williams expressed confidence there's a lot more to come. "We have a lot of cap space, a lot of room to add some good guys to the roster," he said. "Our ownership is motivated to do so, our general manager is motivated to do so. I definitely think we have some great young talent on this team. Mix that with some veteran guys and some more talent and we will definitely be a playoff team." The Nets are now 7-3 with Mikhail Prokhorov watching.