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Short-handed Raptors Beat Short-handed Nets With Big First Half

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Don't worry. You're not going to lose your "Die Hard Nets Fan" status if you chose not to watch this one or decided to turn it off early. With the two teams missing a combined 11 players from their regular rotation, the Raptors beat the Nets, 99-92, at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night.

The Raptors shot 66 percent (25-for-38) in the first half and led by 19 at the break. With Mario West playing point guard, the Nets made a run in the fourth quarter. They got to within four with 46 seconds left, but it was too little, too late.

The Nets shot 39 percent from the field and allowed the Raptors as many offensive rebounds (15) as they had defensive boards. Brook Lopez led them with 35 points and 11 rebounds, while Sasha Vujacic added 19 points. And the injuries kept coming, as Ben Uzoh left the game in the third quarter with a bruised right knee and West appeared to injure his left shoulder during the Nets' run in the fourth.