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|TV Companion Enhanced Boxscore | Play-By-Play|
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO—After a first half to forget, Deron Williams gave his Brooklyn Nets teammates a quick pep talk before the start of the third quarter.
Spurred on by the speech, the Nets turned their night around and snapped a five-game skid.
Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and the Nets used nine second-half 3-pointers to beat Toronto 94-88 Wednesday night, ending their season-long losing streak.
Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Joe Johnson (7-14 FGs, 4-6 3Ps, 5-6 FTs) scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, triggering much of the third-quarter run that put the Nets ahead for good...Reggie Evans once again pulled down double-digit rebounds, snagging 11 in 33 minutes...Kris Humphries (11 points) earned 10 free-throw attempts, and though he hit nine, none were more memorable than one that was erased by referee Courtney Kirkland, who took a running start, leapt and prevented Humphries from taking a shot before substitutions could be made. Humphries joked he had been fouled.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Andray Blatche|
Brook Lopez (sprained right foot) was OUT.
|G · Jose Calderon||G · DeMar DeRozan||F · Mickael Pietrus||F · Ed Davis||C · Jonas Valanciunas|
Alan Anderson (Partially torn plantar fascia – left foot) is OUT.
Amir Johnson (Suspension) is OUT. Andrea Bargnani (Sore right elbow) is OUT.
Kyle Lowry (Right triceps injury) is OUT.
Landry Fields (Ulnar nerve transposition surgery – right elbow) is OUT.
Linas Kleiza (Sore right knee) is OUT.
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|Season-High 16 PTS
6 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL
4-7 FGs, 4-4 3Ps, 4-4 FTs
|On the second-half shooting:
"Independent of the opponent, that's the way we've got to shoot. We've got to be able to shoot like that at home, shoot like that the next game. Because that's what we're capable of."