Nets Fail to Sweep Raptors in Toronto

By Lenn Robbins | @lennrobbins

TORONTO – The Brooklyn Nets left Canada Tuesday night with a split of the first two games in their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors.

They're not the least bit pleased.

The Nets came here greedy: After winning Game 1 on Saturday afternoon they wanted a sweep. And it was there for the taking.

The Nets took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter and were tied with the Raptors after Paul Pierce's three-point play with 3:48 left before falling, 100-95.

Game 3 is Friday night in Barclays Center where the Nets have been sensational since Jan. 1. They went 14-4 in the basketball cathedral on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, including an NBA-season high 15 straight wins.

The Nets had five players in double figures led by Joe Johnson's 18 points. Toronto got 30 from DeMar DeRozan and badly hurt the Nets on the boards – 52-30.

The Nets took Game 1, 94-87, and wanted to put the Raptors in an 0-2 hole. By winning that game they took home court advantage with the next two games in Brooklyn.

"We want to be greedy,'' said Pierce. "We want to try to get this one. I think it was good that we won the first one, but now we can't let our guard down just because we've stole one. Like I said, we've got to be greedy.''

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