Notebook: Nets 113, Raptors 106



Posted Jan 15, 2013 11:02 PM

Jake Appleman, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Nets overcame a sluggish start to the first quarter and outplayed the Raptors the rest of the way, winning 113-106 at Barclays Center. Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams combined for 64 points, while Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic sparked the Nets off the bench. The Nets remain undefeated in January.

QUOTABLE: "That has kind of been the story for us the past few games, the second halves are really where we bring the energy."
-- Lopez

THE STAT: The Nets turned the ball over only six times.

TURNING POINT: Back-to-back second-quarter 3-pointers from Teletovic put the Nets up 51-48. They maintained some semblance of control the rest of the way.

QUOTABLE II: "The young man off the Brooklyn bench, Mirza Teletovic, he came in and opened the game up. We lost him in transition a couple of times and he's too great a shooter to have miscommunication."
-- Raptors Coach Dwane Casey

INSIDE THE ARENA: At one point, fans in the upper level chanted, "U-S-A!"

ROOKIE WATCH: Teletovic registered season and career highs with three 3-pointers and three assists. Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said he thought Teletovic had more than three assists. For the Raptors, Terrence Ross struggled with his shot and Quincy Acy chipped in six points in six minutes.

NOTABLE: Kyle Lowry, who starred in the first ever regular season game at Barclays Center, sprained his ankle in the second quarter. He returned midway through the fourth quarter and connected on a flurry of 3-pointers to keep the Raptors within striking distance and lead the team in scoring with 21. ... Late in the second quarter, Damion James checked in for the first time since signing a 10-day contract. He played 17 seconds. ... The crowd came alive after Williams found Blatche with a behind-the-back pass for a layup. Prior to the behind the back pass, Williams and MarShon Brooks executed the rare give-and-go-and-give in transition. The fast break began with a block by Teletovic.

UP NEXT: For the Raptors, Wednesday vs. Chicago, Friday @ Philadelphia, Sunday vs. LA Lakers. For the Nets, Wednesday @ Atlanta, Friday vs. Atlanta, Monday @ New York.