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Nets will Nets: Brooklyn hangs tight but falls flat in 4th quarter, 112-100

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The Nets made it out of Toronto similar to Meek Mill: With a loss.

The Nets dropped their 31st game of the season with a 112-100 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Martin Luther King Day. The duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan was simply too much for the Nets to handle.

Two seasons back on MLK Day, Nets fans took over Madison Square Garden and chanted, "Brooook-lyn" as the Nets ran up the score and defeated the Knicks by 23. Those were much better days and quite the opposite of where the Nets stand today.

The Nets, now 4-16 on the road and 11-31 on the season, have lost eight of the last nine games, ever since Jarrett Jack got hurt. Safe to say they miss Jack's leadership and offensive arsenal.

This one looked promising for the Nets early on. The revamped Joe Johnson scored 13 points and gave the Nets a 10-point first quarter lead. The backup unit struggled in the second quarter, though, and essentially handed the lead right back after a 33-point quarter for Toronto.

Similar to the 2014 playoffs, it was the Lopez/Johnson (29 points) vs. DeRozan/Lowry (27 points) show in the first half.

The Nets scored a season-low 74 points total in their last matchup against the Raptors. In this one, they scored 35 points in the third, totaled 84 points through three quarters and regained the lead entering the fourth quarter. It would be another game that came down to the fourth quarter.

The starters were hot, but once again the Nets' second unit gave up the lead right before Brook Lopez re-entered the game. There were zero reasons to believe the Nets would pull this one out, especially with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan playing the way they were.

Lowry scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, while DeMar DeRozan put home 30 total on the night. Meanwhile, Lopez and Johnson were held to just six points in the final quarter.

Lopez finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, but his quiet fourth quarter essentially gave the Nets no chance.

The two teams were tied at 98 apiece when the Raptors jumped out on a 10-0 run and took a 10-point lead with under four minutes remaining. Kyle Lowry capped off his big night with the big three.

It came down to Toronto's two stars vs. Brooklyn's two stars. Toronto won.

The Nets were outscored 31-16 in the fourth quarter and failed to hit a three in the final 12 minutes. They missed six straight shots and were held scoreless for five straight minutes late in the game, leading to a 14-2 Toronto advtange in the final 6:33.

This is why there are zero reasons to trust the Nets in a tight game.

Toronto turned the ball over only seven times to Brooklyn's 14 and shot 13-of-24 from three-point range.

Tip ins:

Joe Johnson's looked like a new player since the New Year struck 2016. Entering Monday night, Johnson's averaged 15 points on 53 percent shooting from three and scored in double figures in six straight games. Monday night made it seven straight after he scored 22 points with 13 coming in the first quarter.

Donald Sloan had a nice night -- on offense --with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Thaddeus Young (11 points and nine rebounds) shot just 4-of-11 on the night.

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