BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It looked like the Nets might lose their ninth straight game on another heartbreaking buzzer beater loss, but the basketball gods finally smiled on the borough of Brooklyn.
Against the NBA’s best, the Brooklyn Nets finally snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 106-105 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors (21-6) at Barclays Center. The Nets are now 9-18 and also snapped an eight-game losing streak at home — their last coming on November 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
But before the buzzer sounded, It had the makings of another last-second heartbreaker.
D’Angelo Russell scored six points in overtime and Jarrett Allen scored the final two, which gave Brooklyn a 106-105 lead. Russell then dribbled a little too much and lost the ball, giving Toronto a chance to win the game with 24.1 seconds left.
The Raptors went to Kawhi Leonard, who scored all seven points for them in overtime. Kawhi was locked down by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, passed it out to Kyle Lowry who hit Fred VanVleet in the far corner.
Barclays Center gasped as the shot went up and time expired, everybody expecting the worst. Instead, the shot rimmed out and the Nets won.
Leonard was fantastic all night with 32 points on 10-of-21 shooting, but it wasn’t enough. Russell led the charge for Brooklyn, finishing the night with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists. He scored 15 of the 29 in the third quarter along with the six he scored in OT.
The game was close in the first half. The Nets took some control in the fourth following a 9-0 run led by Spencer Dinwiddie. It was a very fragile seven-point lead that disappeared within minutes, following a 9-2 run from Toronto.
Leonard had a chance to win the game, but missed a mid-ranger with five seconds left. The Nets then had their own chance, but failed to even get a shot off.
None of it matters. How it happened, who it was against, etc. They finally won a game!
Dinwiddie finished the night with 17 points and eight assists off the bench. He’s eligible for an extension after midnight. Other than Din and DLo, four other Nets finished in double figures led by Jarrett Allen (12 points, 10 rebounds) and DeMarre Carroll (10 points, eight rebounds).
Both teams shot an identical 11-of-35 from three and the Nets out-rebounded the Raptors by 19, which led to nine more shot attempts on the night.
So, after losing in heartbreaking fashion three times in the last three weeks, the Nets finally closed one out and got a victory. And for that, Brooklyn is celebrating.
NETS HOLD PLAYERS-ONLY FILM SESSION
Prior to Friday night’s game, Kenny Atkinson told reporters that the Nets held a “Players-only” film session.
“They did their own film session, so great idea by our staff to suggest it.”
UHH... LOWE BLOW?
Zach Lowe had a telling statement on the Nets recently. Guys like Lowe do not speculate, they work.
“They cannot continue losing every close game. Someone in ownership will soon grow frustrated enough to demand improvement. That’s just how this works.”
He also added how Allen Crabbe has been a huge mistake.
NETS X JUVENTUS
The Brooklyn Nets and Juventus FC of the Italian Premiere league partnered up for a viewing party on Friday in effort to get Nets fans and Juventus fans to come together and watch each others teams at the 40/40 club at Barclays Center.
Juventus has been one of Italy’s most profound teams and they took on their rival, Inter Milan, at 2:30pm ET. They’re led by newly acquired and sport’s most influential character, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The two teams even share colors!
Read more about it here in a fanpost from NetsDaily user NETS.RO!
NETS’ SEASON OF GIVING BACK
On Monday December 10, BSE Global will host a holiday party at Barclays Center for hundreds of underprivileged second and third graders from the Brooklyn community. Nets players such as Jarrett Allen, Ed Davis, Joe Harris, Shabazz Napier and Rodions Kurucs will be in attendance, and the event will feature a variety of activities for the children, such as basketball drills on the Nets’ court, arts and crafts on the team’s practice court, and meals served in the Qatar Airways Courtside Club.
Later in the week, Nets players will surprise the girls’ varsity basketball team at Grand Street Campus High School in Williamsburg with new equipment and basketball shoes.
Friday night, D’Angelo Russell thanked fans who had contributed his coat drive.
Tis’ the season. Good on them.
FAN MAKES CARD FOR CARIS, CARIS SHOWS LOVE
Pretty cool stuff and shout out to Doug Bearak and all of Nets’ nation.
Appreciate the love Can’t wait to get back out there! https://t.co/muI6hTZHCF— Caris LeVert (@CarisLeVert) December 6, 2018
Dinwiddie’s kicks were an ode to the show “Power”. Rotimi better known as Dre from Power, was sitting courtside.
For a different perspective, head on over to Raptors HQ, our sister site on SB Nation.
Next up: Knicks tomorrow at Madison Square Garden, starting at 7:30 p.m!
- Game Report: Brooklyn Nets 106, Toronto Raptors 105 (Box Score) - NBA.com
- Game Recap: Brooklyn Nets 106, Toronto Raptors 105 (Video) - NBA.com
- Nets Post Game Plus: TOR@BKN (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
- Nets top Toronto in OT, 106-105 (Video) - Sarah Kustok & Ian Eagle - YES Network
- Atkinson says Nets are improving (Video) - YES Network
- Russell on win against Raptors (Video) - Michael Grady - YES Network
- Harris on Nets’ execution in OT (Video) - YES Network
- Davis on Nets’ fighting spirit (Video) - YES Network
- Hollis-Jefferson: Nets are close (Video) - YES Network
- Wear Brooklyn at? (Video) - YES Network
- Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT - Brian Mahoney - AP
- Nets end eight-game losing streak with overtime win over Raptors - Greg Logan - Newsday
- Nets players meet in hopes of turning things around - Greg Logan - Newsday
- NETS 106, RAPTORS 105: ALLEN DELIVERS GAME-WINNER, RUSSELL SCORES 29 - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- BROOKLYN NETS STICK TOGETHER TO PULL OUT A WIN IN ANOTHER THRILLER - Tom Dowd - Brooklyn Nets
- GALLERY: NETS VS. RAPTORS - Brooklyn Nets
- NETS VS. RAPTORS: HARRIS, HOLLIS-JEFFERSON, AND ATKINSON TOP QUOTES - Brooklyn Nets
- Game Centre: Raptors’ win streak against Nets ends with ugly overtime loss - Doug Smith - Toronto Star
- Raptors drop game in overtime against pesky Nets - Ryan Wolstat - Toronto Sun